Scientific Name
Alepidea insculpta Hilliard & B.L.Burtt
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Assessment Date
L. von Staden
Alepidea insculpta is a rare, range-restricted species, with an extent of occurrence (EOO) of 46 km². It is known from only two subpopulations, but it is not threatened. It is therefore listed under the IUCN 3.1. criteria as Least Concern but is nationally recognised as Rare.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
This species is endemic to South Africa, and is found in KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg, from Lotheni to Cobham.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
uKhahlamba Basalt Grassland
It occurs in short subalpine grassland on high basalt ridges, 2200-2600 m.
This species' habitat is well-protected and it has no severe threats.

Alepidea insculpta is known from only two subpopulations (Hilliard and Burtt 1985, Carbutt and Edwards 2006), within a small area in the Drakensberg Alpine Centre of Endemism. It is possible that more undiscovered subpopulations exist, as it occurs in a remote montane area. The population is not suspected to be declining.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Alepidea insculpta Hilliard & B.L.BurttRare Raimondo et al. (2009)

Burtt, B.L. 1991. Umbelliferae of southern Africa: an introduction and annotated check-list. Edinburgh Journal of Botany 48(2):133-282.

Carbutt, C. and Edwards, T.J. 2006. The endemic and near-endemic angiosperms of the Drakensberg Alpine Centre. South African Journal of Botany 72:105-132.

Hilliard, O.M. and Burtt, B.L. 1985. Notes on some plants of Southern Africa chiefly from Natal: XI. Notes from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 42(2):227-260.

Hutchinson, S. 2016. Towards a taxonomic revision of the medicinally important genus Alepidea (Apiaceae): The systematics of the sections Setiferae and Leiocarpae. Unpublished M.Sc., University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg.

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.

Van Wyk, B.E., Tilney, P.M. and Magee, A.R. 2013. African Apiaceae: A synopsis of the Apiaceae/Umbelliferae of sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar. Briza Academic Books, Pretoria.

von Staden, L. 2018. Alepidea insculpta Hilliard & B.L.Burtt. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version . Accessed on 2024/07/18

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