Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Ficinia quartzicola Muasya & N.A.Helme
Higher Classification
Monocotyledons
Family
CYPERACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Vulnerable D1+2
Assessment Date
2013/12/11
Assessor(s)
N.A. Helme, L. von Staden & M. Muasya
Justification
A range-restricted habitat specialist (AOO <10 km²), with a small population numbering fewer than 1000 mature individuals, that is potentially threatened by habitat loss and degradation.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Range
Knersvlakte.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Knersvlakte Quartz Vygieveld
Description
Quartz patches, on gentle east- and south-facing slopes.
Threats
Potentially threatened by overgrazing and habitat loss to mining, crop cultivation and dam construction.
Population

This localized habitat specialist is currently known from only three small subpopulations, one consisting of fewer than 100 plants, the other between 200 and 300 plants (Muasya et al. 2012), and a third of around 20 plants (N.A. Helme pers. comm. 2013). The total population is estimated to number less than 1000 mature individuals, and is not suspected to be declining.


Population trend
Stable
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Ficinia quartzicola Muasya & N.A.HelmeVU D1+22014.1
Bibliography

Muasya, A.M., Viljoen, J.-A., Stirton, C.H. and Helme, N.A. 2012. Two new leafless species of Ficinia (Cypereae, Cyperaceae) from the Greater Cape Floristic Region of South Africa. South African Journal of Botany 79:96-101.


Citation
Helme, N.A., von Staden, L. & Muasya, M. 2013. Ficinia quartzicola Muasya & N.A.Helme. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2024/02/26

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