Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Lessertia flexuosa E.Mey.
Higher Classification
Dicotyledons
Family
FABACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Data Deficient - Taxonomically Problematic
Assessment Date
2017/09/28
Assessor(s)
L. von Staden
Justification
Lessertia flexuosa is a poorly known species. Based on currently available data, its risk of extinction cannot be assessed. It is listed as Data Deficient.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Eastern Cape
Range
This species is endemic to South Africa, however, its distribution is uncertain. It was described from the Addo area, Eastern Cape (Harvey 1861). Nkonki (2013) cites records from the Rhodes and Lady Grey districts, Eastern Cape Drakensberg.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Tarkastad Montane Shrubland, Lesotho Highland Basalt Grassland, Albany Alluvial Vegetation, Grahamstown Grassland Thicket, Geluk Grassland Thicket
Description
Its habitat is unknown.
Threats
There are no known threats to Lessertia flexuosa.
Population

The collections cited by Harvey (1861) date from the early 1800s. There has been no subsequent collections of this species in the vicinity of the type locality since then. Nkonki (2013) gives no comment on the significant disjunction and difference in habitat between the Addo region and the Eastern Cape Drakensberg.


Population trend
Unknown
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Lessertia flexuosa E.Mey.DDT 2020.1
Lessertia flexuosa E.Mey.Least Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)
Bibliography

Harvey, W.H. 1861. Leguminosae. In: W.H. Harvey and O.W. Sonder (eds). Flora Capensis II (Leguminosae to Loranthaceae):1-285. Hodges, Smith and Co., Dublin.


Nkonki, T. 2013. A taxonomic study of the genus Lessertia DC. (Fabaceae, Galegeae). Unpublished M.Sc., University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg.


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.


Citation
von Staden, L. 2017. Lessertia flexuosa E.Mey. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version . Accessed on 2024/06/22

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