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Lessertia phillipsiana

Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Lessertia phillipsiana Burtt Davy
Higher Classification
Dicotyledons
Family
FABACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Data Deficient - Insufficient Information
Assessment Date
2016/09/29
Assessor(s)
L. von Staden
Justification
A widespread, but very poorly known species. It is possibly overlooked, but may also have become rare due to habitat loss and degradation. Based on available data, its risk of extinction cannot be assessed at present.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Mpumalanga, North West
Range
Klerksdorp, Ventersdorp and Chrissiesmeer.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Grassland
Description
Uncertain, possibly rocky hills or plains.
Threats
This species is mainly threatened by habitat degradation due to overgrazing at all three localities. Other potential threats include habitat loss to urban expansion and mining.
Population

Lessertia phillipsiana is a very poorly known species. A recent revision (Nkonki 2013) cites only three collections, scattered over a wide area. It was last recorded in 1986, and is not known whether this species is overlooked, or has declined due to habitat loss and degradation. Field surveys are needed to better understand the population status and trends of this species.


Population trend
Unknown
Notes
Lessertia is a very poorly known and taxonomically problematic genus. A recent revision (Nkonki 2013) recognises it as a distinct species, but further study is needed.
Citation
von Staden, L. 2016. Lessertia phillipsiana Burtt Davy. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2019/12/06

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