Aloe soutpansbergensis

Scientific Name
Aloe soutpansbergensis I.Verd.
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Assessment Date
L. von Staden, J.E. Victor & G.F. Smith
A range-restricted Soutpansberg endemic (EOO 20-240 km², AOO<18 km²), known from two sites, but locally abundant. It declined due to collecting in the past, but this is no longer a serious threat and the population appears to have recovered.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Soutpansberg Mountains.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Mistbelt regions on steep, south-facing mountain slopes in extremely thin soils, above 1500 m.
The number of plants at the type locality declined greatly due to illegal collecting between 1962 and 1969 (Reynolds 1969). However, the extreme Aloe collecting frenzy of the 1960s have subsided and collecting is no longer a serious threat. The subpopulation at the type locality appears to have recovered, because according to Craib (2005) the species is locally common at this site. Most of the subpopulations are on privately owned land and the habitat as well as the sites are fairly inaccessible. A. soutpansbergensis is not in immediate danger of extinction (Craib 2005).
Population trend
Protected in the Soutpansberg Conservatory and Happy Rest Nature Reserve. Most of the habitat is protected in private nature reserves (Craib 2005).
Not recorded from the Blouberg, to the west of the Soutpansberg, where suitable habitat also occurs. Some publications mention a "robust form" of A. soutpansbergensis known from the Wolkberg further south in Limpopo Province (Van Wyk & Smith 1996). However, this may be a separate taxon and is not included in the current assessment.
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Aloe soutpansbergensis I.Verd.Rare Raimondo et al. (2009)
Aloe soutpansbergensis I.Verd.VU B1B2beVictor (2002)
Aloe soutpansbergensis I.Verd.Rare Hilton-Taylor (1996)
Aloe soutpansbergensis I.Verd.Rare Hall et al. (1980)

Craib, C. 2005. Grass Aloes in the South African Veld. Umdaus Press, Hatfield.

Hahn, N. 2002. Endemic flora of the Soutpansberg. Unpublished MSc, Univeristy of Natal, Pitermaritzburg.

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.

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. and Smith, G. 2003. Guide to aloes of South Africa. (2nd ed.). Briza Publications, 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.

von Staden, L., Victor, J.E. & Smith, G.F. 2006. Aloe soutpansbergensis I.Verd. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2018/11/21

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