Scientific Name
Lessertia phillipsiana Burtt Davy
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Data Deficient - Insufficient Information
Assessment Date
L. von Staden
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.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Mpumalanga, North West
Klerksdorp, Ventersdorp and Chrissiesmeer.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Uncertain, possibly rocky hills or plains.
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.

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
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.
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Lessertia phillipsiana Burtt DavyDDD 2017.1
Lessertia phillipsiana Burtt DavyData Deficient (Taxonomically Problematic) Raimondo et al. (2009)

Burtt Davy, J. 1932. A manual of the flowering plants and ferns of the Transvaal with Swaziland, South Africa. Part II. Malvaceae-Umbelliferae. Longmans, Green & Co., London.

Hahn, N. 2013. Rare, endangered and endemic flora of the North West Province. Unpublished Report to the Department of Economic Development, Conservation and Tourism, North West Provincial Government.

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 Unpublished M.Sc., University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg.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.

von Staden, L. 2016. Lessertia phillipsiana Burtt Davy. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2020/07/03

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