Aloe falcata

Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Aloe falcata Baker
Higher Classification
Monocotyledons
Family
ASPHODELACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Least Concern
Assessment Date
2006/03/20
Assessor(s)
J.E. Victor & E.J. van Jaarsveld
Justification
More widespread and common than previously known, and not threatened.
Distribution
Endemism
Not endemic to South Africa
Provincial distribution
Northern Cape
Range
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
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Succulent Karoo
Description
Succulent karoo, found in a wide variety of soil types mainly in dry, flat sandy places.
Threats
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
Population trend
Stable
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)
Bibliography

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.


Citation
Victor, J.E. & van Jaarsveld, E.J. 2006. Aloe falcata Baker. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2018/11/18

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