Aloe falcata

Scientific Name
Aloe falcata Baker
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Least Concern
Assessment Date
J.E. Victor & E.J. van Jaarsveld
More widespread and common than previously known, and not threatened.
Not endemic to South Africa
Provincial distribution
Northern Cape
Klawer and Vanrhynsdorp, eastwards to Loeriesfontein, Calvinia and Williston, and northwards to Kamieskroon, Gamoep, Steinkopf and the Richtersveld. It possibly also occurs in southern Namibia.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Succulent Karoo
Succulent karoo, found in a wide variety of soil types mainly in dry, flat sandy places.
Hilton-Taylor (1996) listed A. falcata as vulnerable. Van Wyk and Smith (1996) also consider the species vulnerable (possibly following Hilton-Taylor) due to illegal collection and agriculture, mainly overgrazing. E. van Jaarsveld (pers. comm.) has observed that this species is neither vulnerable nor rare. He reports seeing it scattered in the northern Tanqua Karoo and in Namaqualand. The populations were all in good condition. L. Hall (pers. comm.) reports good populations in the Vanrhynsdorp area, but notes that it is sometimes collected.
Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Aloe falcata BakerLeast Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)
Aloe falcata BakerLower Risk - Near Threatened Victor (2002)
Aloe falcata BakerVulnerable Hilton-Taylor (1996)

Goldblatt, P. and Manning, J.C. 2000. Cape Plants: A conspectus of the Cape Flora of South Africa. Strelitzia 9. National Botanical Institute, Cape Town.

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.

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.

Victor, J.E. & van Jaarsveld, E.J. 2006. Aloe falcata Baker. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2019/03/23

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