Scientific Name
Ficinia micrantha C.B.Clarke
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Endangered B1ab(iii,v)+2ab(iii,v)
Assessment Date
M. Muasya & D. Raimondo
EOO 270 km², known from three locations, of which the two from Table Mountain have not been collected since 1933. This may indicate sensitivity to human hiking damage. All three recorded locations are vulnerable to ongoing degradation of habitat.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Table Mountain and Kogelberg.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Peninsula Sandstone Fynbos, Kogelberg Sandstone Fynbos
Seepage areas on low sandstone slopes.
This species appears to be extremely rare, and has not been relocated on Table Mountain since 1933, despite the area being very well explored. It may be that heavy use of the mountain for recreational and hiking purposes has caused degradation of this species' habitat. It may also be sensitive to drought and changes in the water table due to water extraction. The species has been recently found in the Kogelberg, a protected area where there appears to be no threats.
Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Ficinia micrantha C.B.ClarkeEN B1ab(iii,v)Raimondo et al. (2009)
Ficinia micrantha C.B.ClarkeData Deficient Victor (2002)
Ficinia micrantha C.B.ClarkeIndeterminate Hilton-Taylor (1996)

Clarke, C.B. 1898. Cyperaceae. In: W.T. Thiselton-Dyer (ed). Flora Capensis VII (Pontederiaceae to Gramineae):149-310. L. Reeve & Co., Ltd., Ashford.

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.

Muasya, M. & Raimondo, D. 2008. Ficinia micrantha C.B.Clarke. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2024/02/26

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