Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Dracosciadium saniculifolium Hilliard & B.L.Burtt
Higher Classification
Dicotyledons
Family
APIACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Critically Rare
Assessment Date
2018/06/05
Assessor(s)
L. von Staden
Justification
Dracosciadium saniculifolium is a highly localized (EOO 1 km²) habitat specialist, but not threatened.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
KwaZulu-Natal
Range
This species is endemic to the Northern KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg, where it occurs at Sentinel Peak and surrounds.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
uKhahlamba Basalt Grassland
Description
It occurs in seeps at the base of steep, east-facing, basalt slopes in montane grassland, 2200-3000 m.
Threats
There are no severe threats to this species.
Population

This extremely localized species is known from a single, small subpopulation, scattered along the summit ridge between the Sentinel Peak and Basuto Gate. The population is not suspected to be declining.


Population trend
Stable
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Dracosciadium saniculifolium Hilliard & B.L.BurttRare Raimondo et al. (2009)
Dracosciadium saniculifolium Hilliard & B.L.BurttLower Risk - Near Threatened Scott-Shaw (1999)
Dracosciadium saniculifolium Hilliard & B.L.BurttRare Hilton-Taylor (1996)
Bibliography

Hilliard, O.M. and Burtt, B.L. 1986. Notes on some plants of Southern Africa chiefly from Natal: XII. Notes from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 43(2):189-228.


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


Pooley, E. 2003. Mountain flowers: a field guide to the flora of the Drakensberg and Lesotho. Natal Flora Publications Trust, Durban.


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.


Scott-Shaw, C.R. 1999. Rare and threatened plants of KwaZulu-Natal and neighbouring regions. KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation Service, Pietermaritzburg.


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.


Citation
von Staden, L. 2018. Dracosciadium saniculifolium Hilliard & B.L.Burtt. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2020/11/24

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