Scientific Name
Huernia kennedyana Lavranos
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Least Concern
Assessment Date
D. Raimondo & A.P. Dold
Huernia kennedyana is a rare, range-restricted species, with an extent of occurrence (EOO) of 1027 km². It has no severe threats, and is therefore not suspected to be in danger of extinction.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Eastern Cape
This species is endemic to the Eastern Cape, where it occurs in the mountains between Cradock and Pearston.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Karoo Escarpment Grassland, Escarpment Arid Thicket, Tarkastad Montane Shrubland, Escarpment Valley Thicket
It is localized to gravelly places and rock crevices on ridges, and also occasionally on flats.
This species has no known threats.

This species is among the most rare and localized of all Huernia species (Bruyns 2005). It is known from only a few records, but plants are cryptic and easily overlooked. The population trend is not known, but it is not suspected to be declining as this species has no severe threats.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Huernia kennedyana LavranosRare Raimondo et al. (2009)
Huernia kennedyana LavranosVulnerable Hilton-Taylor (1996)
Huernia kennedyana LavranosIndeterminate Hall et al. (1980)

Bredenkamp, C. In prep. Conspectus of the flora of the Eastern cape. Strelitzia.

Bruyns, P.V. 2005. Stapeliads of southern Africa and Madagascar. (Vol. 1, pp. 1-330). Umdaus Press, Pretoria.

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.

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. and Dold, A.P. 2003. Threatened plants of the Albany Centre of Floristic Endemism, South Africa. South African Journal of Science 99:437-446.

Raimondo, D. & Dold, A.P. 2019. Huernia kennedyana Lavranos. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2023/12/04

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