Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Ficinia elatior Levyns
Higher Classification
Monocotyledons
Family
CYPERACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Vulnerable B1ab(ii,iii)
Assessment Date
2008/03/11
Assessor(s)
N.A. Helme & M. Muasya
Justification
Known from 12 severely fragmented subpopulations (EOO 7300 km²). It is being threatened by modified water flow as a result of crop cultivation, coastal development and alien plant invasion.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Range
Cape Peninsula to Bredasdorp.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Peninsula Sandstone Fynbos, Overberg Sandstone Fynbos, Kogelberg Sandstone Fynbos, Hangklip Sand Fynbos, Cape Flats Sand Fynbos
Description
Flats near streams and pools below 100 m.
Threats
Urban expansion: coastal development at Kleinmond, Hermanus and on the Cape Peninsula - moderate threat - the actual wet areas where this species occurs are not developed but surrounding development affects the water flow regimes and degrades habitat. Agriculture: past and ongoing moderate threat. Most transformation is the result of wheat, pasture, vineyard and Protea cultivation. Aliens: invasive alien plants threatened this species at all known locations.
Population
Population trend
Decreasing
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Ficinia elatior LevynsVU B1ab(ii,iii)Raimondo et al. (2009)
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.


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.


Citation
Helme, N.A. & Muasya, M. 2008. Ficinia elatior Levyns. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2024/02/26

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