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Askidiosperma rugosum

Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Askidiosperma rugosum Esterh.
Higher Classification
Monocotyledons
Family
RESTIONACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Endangered B1ab(iii,v)+2ab(iii,v)
Assessment Date
2015/11/23
Assessor(s)
L. von Staden
Justification
A localized species (EOO 23 km²), known from two locations and declining due to ongoing habitat loss and degradation as well as competition from alien invasive plants.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Range
Palmiet River Valley around Elgin and Houw Hoek.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Elgin Shale Fynbos, Western Coastal Shale Band Vegetation
Description
Steep, moist shale slopes.
Threats
This species has lost most of its habitat in the Elgin Valley to orchards, and only small fragments remain. Agricultural expansion continues, and remaining subpopulations are also threatened by competition from alien invasive plants and a lack of fire. Near Houw Hoek it is threatened by competition from alien invasive plants.
Population
Population trend
Decreasing
Citation
von Staden, L. 2015. Askidiosperma rugosum Esterh. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2019/12/06

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