Scientific Name
Nerine gracilis R.A.Dyer
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Vulnerable B1ab(ii,iii,v)
Assessment Date
D. Raimondo
EOO between 445 and 11 158 km² and suspected to occur at fewer than 10 locations. It has lost habitat to crop cultivation in the past. It is currently threatened by ongoing degradation and habitat loss due to overgrazing and urban development.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Free State, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, North West
Belfast and Ermelo to Wolmaransstad.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Ithala Quartzite Sourveld, Soweto Highveld Grassland, Frankfort Highveld Grassland, Steenkampsberg Montane Grassland, Sekhukhune Montane Grassland, Paulpietersburg Moist Grassland, Eastern Highveld Grassland, Rand Highveld Grassland, Western Highveld Sandy Grassland
Undulating grasslands in damp areas.
Crop cultivation is a past threat that lead to extensive loss of habitat. At present urban development on the banks of the Vaal Dam are causing ongoing loss of habitat. Invasive alien plants threaten a number of subpopulations. Habitat degradation by livestock has meant that several habitats in western Mpumalanga are currently under threat. This threat is however reversible as one subpopulation in Mpumalanga has had livestock removed and has recovered well.

Sizes of subpopulations vary greatly depending on land management. The subpopulation in Mpumalanga that has had livestock removed is very health consisting of millions of plants. During a survey in 2002 no plants were found around the Vaal Dam, although there are records of its occurrence there between 1977 and 1988.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Nerine gracilis R.A.DyerNT A2ac; B1ab(iii)2012.1
Nerine gracilis R.A.DyerNT A2ac; B1ab(iii)Raimondo et al. (2009)
Nerine gracilis R.A.DyerVU B2ab(ii,iii)Pfab and Victor (2002)
Nerine gracilis R.A.DyerVU B1B2abcVictor (2002)
Nerine gracilis R.A.DyerRare Hilton-Taylor (1996)
Nerine gracilis R.A.DyerRare Hall et al. (1980)

Craib, C. 2002. Nerine gracilis: A rare nerine from Mpumalanga. Veld & Flora 88(3):105-107.

Dyer, R.A. 1937. Nerine gracilis. Flowering Plants of Africa 17:t. 679.

Hall, A.V., De Winter, M., De Winter, B. and Van Oosterhout, S.A.M. 1980. Threatened plants of southern Africa. South African National Scienctific Programmes Report 45. CSIR, Pretoria.

Hilton-Taylor, C. 1996. Red data list of southern African plants. Strelitzia 4. South African National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Pfab, M.F. and Victor, J.E. 2002. Threatened plants of Gauteng, South Africa. South African Journal of Botany 68:370-375.

Raimondo, D., von Staden, L., Foden, W., Victor, J.E., Helme, N.A., Turner, R.C., Kamundi, D.A. and Manyama, P.A. 2009. Red List of South African Plants. Strelitzia 25. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.

Retief, E. and Herman, P.P.J. 1997. Plants of the northern provinces of South Africa: keys and diagnostic characters. Strelitzia 6. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Victor, J.E. 2002. South Africa. In: J.S. Golding (ed), Southern African plant Red Data Lists. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 14 (pp. 93-120), SABONET, Pretoria.

Raimondo, D. 2013. Nerine gracilis R.A.Dyer. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2024/02/24

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