Scientific Name
Nerine huttoniae Schönland
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Vulnerable B1ab(iii,v)
Assessment Date
A.P. Dold, C. McMaster & D. Raimondo
EOO 6484 km², six known locations are declining due to habitat loss to crop cultivation and overgrazing.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Eastern Cape
Great Fish River Valley.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Eastern Upper Karoo, Southern Karoo Riviere, Fish Valley Thicket
Sandy alluvial flats within floodplains.
This species' habitat (rich alluvial soil in floodplains) is highly suitable for agricultural crops. Three of the six recorded subpopulations have suffered extensive loss of habitat to crop cultivation and loss is continuing. Subpopulations in the former Ciskei have suffered declines as a result of habitat degradation due to livestock overgrazing and trampling. Subpopulations around Cradock fall within an area earmarked for large scale shale gas extraction, and could decline significantly in future.
Population trend
This species has recalcitrant seeds that are easy to cultivate and grow. Assisted colonisation into suitable but currently unoccupied habitat within its natural range is a possible conservation intervention.
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Nerine huttoniae SchönlandVU B1ab(iii,v)Raimondo et al. (2009)
Nerine huttoniae SchönlandVU D2Victor (2002)
Nerine huttoniae SchönlandInsufficiently Known Hilton-Taylor (1996)
Nerine huttoniae SchönlandUncertain Hall et al. (1980)

Bredenkamp, C. In prep. Conspectus of the flora of the Eastern cape. Strelitzia.

Dold, A.P. and Weeks, D. 2000. Nerine huttoniae: a rare eastern Cape endemic from the Fish River. Veld & Flora 86:14-15.

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.

McMaster, C. and McMaster, R. 2004. Nerine huttonniae up the creek? New populations of this rare endemic nerine in the upper reaches of the Fish River and its tributaries. Veld & Flora 90(2):71.

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.

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.

Dold, A.P., McMaster, C. & Raimondo, D. 2016. Nerine huttoniae Schönland. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2024/02/24

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