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Wachendorfia brachyandra

Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Wachendorfia brachyandra W.F.Barker
Higher Classification
Monocotyledons
Family
HAEMODORACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Vulnerable B1ab(ii,iii,iv,v)
Assessment Date
2007/03/01
Assessor(s)
D. Raimondo, R.C. Turner & N.A. Helme
Justification
EOO 5200 km², known from 10 locations. Since 1940, 40% of recorded locations have gone extinct. There is a continuing decline due to alien plant invasion, crop cultivation and urban expansion.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Range
Hermon to the Cape Peninsula and Franschhoek.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Swartland Granite Renosterveld, Peninsula Granite Fynbos, Boland Granite Fynbos, Saldanha Granite Strandveld, Cape Flats Sand Fynbos, Swartland Silcrete Renosterveld, Swartland Alluvium Fynbos
Description
Damp sandstone or granites.
Threats
At least 40% of locations known through historical collections have gone locally extinct due to habitat loss to urban expansion, mostly over the past 60 years, and habitat loss is continuing. Around Elgin this species' habitat has also been extensively transformed for fruit orchards and forestry plantations. Invasion by alien plants is causing ongoing habitat degradation at a number of remaining locations.
Population
Population trend
Decreasing
Citation
Raimondo, D., Turner, R.C. & Helme, N.A. 2007. Wachendorfia brachyandra W.F.Barker. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2019/11/12

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