Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Aloe liliputana Van Jaarsv. & Harrower
Higher Classification
Monocotyledons
Family
ASPHODELACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Vulnerable D2
Assessment Date
2018/11/21
Assessor(s)
H. Mtshali & E.J. van Jaarsveld
Justification
Aloe liliputana is known from a single location where it is potentially threatened by grazing and too frequent fire.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Eastern Cape
Range
This species is known only from a small area near Luphutana in southern Pondoland in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Pondoland-Ugu Sandstone Coastal Sourveld
Description
It occurs in shallow pockets of soil on quartzitic sandstone bedrock.
Threats
The grassland vegetation surrounding the population is heavily grazed and there is evidence of too frequent fires (Van Jaarsveld and Harrower 2014). This species appears to persist in spite of these impacts, but it is potentially vulnerable to increases in grazing pressure and fire frequency and intensity.
Population

Aloe liliputana is a localized, newly described species, collected for the first time in 2011. It is currently known from a single subpopulation of scattered individuals, but surveys of similar suitable habitat in the area may reveal more subpopulations. The population trend is not known, but is thought to be stable. Monitoring is required to determine the impact of grazing and fires on the population.


Population trend
Stable
Bibliography

Van Jaarsveld, E.J. and Harrower, A.D. 2014. Aloe liliputana, a new grass aloe from Pondoland, Eastern Cape, Republic of South Africa. Bradleya 32:30-35.


Citation
Mtshali, H. & van Jaarsveld, E.J. 2018. Aloe liliputana Van Jaarsv. & Harrower. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2020/10/28

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