Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Fimbristylis aphylla Steud.
Higher Classification
Monocotyledons
Family
CYPERACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Vulnerable B1ab(iii)
Assessment Date
2006/05/22
Assessor(s)
C. Archer, L. von Staden & E. Sieben
Justification
It has a restricted coastal distribution in KwaZulu-Natal (EOO 12 600 km²) and is known from five collections. However, it is possibly under-collected, and since it is fairly widely distributed, it is estimated that there could be up to 10 locations, especially since it does not appear to be very habitat specific. There is a continuing decline in habitat across the range due to subsistence farming, urban expansion and coastal development.
Distribution
Endemism
Not endemic to South Africa
Provincial distribution
KwaZulu-Natal
Range
KwaZulu-Natal coast to tropical West Africa and tropical Asia.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Freshwater
Major habitats
KwaZulu-Natal Coastal Belt Grassland, Maputaland Wooded Grassland, Maputaland Coastal Belt
Description
Permanently wet vleis, open places and swamps, often in water. Usually near the sea.
Threats
Habitat loss
Population
Population trend
Decreasing
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Fimbristylis aphylla Steud.VU B1ab(iii)Raimondo et al. (2009)
Bibliography

Cook, C.D.K. 2004. Aquatic and wetland plants of southern Africa. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands.


Goetghebeur, P. and Coudijzer, J. 1984. Studies in the Cyperaceae 3. Fimbristylis and Abildgaardia in central Africa. Bulletin du Jardin Botanique National de Belgique 54:65-89.


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.


Sieben, E.J.J. 2009. The status and distribution of vascular plants (Magnoliophyta, Lycophyta, Pteridophyta). In: W.R.T. Darwall, K.G. Smith, D. Tweddle and P. Skelton (eds.), The status and distribution of freshwater biodiversity in southern Africa (pp. 83-98), IUCN and SAIAB, Gland, Switzerland and Grahamstown, South Africa.


Citation
Archer, C., von Staden, L. & Sieben, E. 2006. Fimbristylis aphylla Steud. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version . Accessed on 2024/05/28

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