Scientific Name
Willdenowia affinis Pillans
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Assessment Date
H.P. Linder, R.C. Turner & D. Pillay
Collected once, in 1918, from the north slopes of Table Mountain near Kloof Corner. This area has been under forestry plantations for at least 85 years. In addition, the area where Table Mountain road and the Lower Cable Station were built has been invaded by alien plants (especially pine and Acacia mearnsii), and these slopes have been subject to frequent fire in places. These combined factors have led to this species' extinction.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Table Mountain.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Well-drained slopes on granite or Table Mountain Sandstone bedrock.
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Willdenowia affinis PillansExtinct Raimondo et al. (2009)
Willdenowia affinis PillansInsufficiently Known Hilton-Taylor (1996)
Willdenowia affinis PillansIndeterminate Hall et al. (1980)

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.

Hall, A.V., De Winter, M., De Winter, B. and Van Oosterhout, S.A.M. 1980. Threatened plants of southern Africa. South African National Scienctific Programmes Report 45. CSIR, Pretoria.

Helme, N.A. and Trinder-Smith, T.H. 2006. The endemic flora of the Cape Peninsula, South Africa. South African Journal of Botany 72(2):205-210.

Hilton-Taylor, C. 1996. Red data list of southern African plants. Strelitzia 4. South African National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Linder, H.P. 2011. The African Restionaceae: an Interactive Key identification and description system. Version 6. Downloaded.

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.

Linder, H.P., Turner, R.C. & Pillay, D. 2006. Willdenowia affinis Pillans. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2024/02/23

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