Scientific Name
Marsilea apposita Launert
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Data Deficient - Insufficient Information
Assessment Date
H. Mtshali, F. Cholo & D.A. Kamundi
Marsilea apposita is known from only two collections in South Africa. The last collection was made in 1971. This species is too poorly known to determine its risk of extinction.
Not endemic to South Africa
Provincial distribution
KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga
Mpumalanga Lowveld, and northern KwaZulu-Natal. Also occurs in Zimbabwe and eastern Botswana.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Riverbeds, pans and other seasonally flooded areas in Acacia-dominated deciduous woodland.
Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Marsilea apposita LaunertLeast Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)

Burrows, J.E. 1990. Southern African ferns and fern allies. Frandsen Publishers, Sandton.

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

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. and Burrows, S.M. 2011. Ferns of southern Africa: A comprehensive guide. Struik Nature, 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.

Roux, J.P. 2001. Conspectus of southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Network Report 13:1-223. SABONET, Pretoria.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. 1970. Pteridophyta. In: A.W. Exell and E. Launert (eds). Flora Zambesiaca:1-254. Crown Agents for Oversea Governments and Administrations, London.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. and Anthony, N.C. 1986. Pteridophyta. In: O.A. Leistner (ed). Flora of southern Africa:1-292. National Botanical 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.

Mtshali, H., Cholo, F. & Kamundi, D.A. 2017. Marsilea apposita Launert. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2023/12/08

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