Scabiosa transvaalensis S.Moore
|Nierwortel (a), Wild Scabious (e)|
Status and Criteria
|L. von Staden|
|A rare, range-restricted habitat specialist, known from five locations and potentially threatened by competition from alien invasive plants.|
|South African endemic|
|Pilgrim's Rest to the Blyde River Canyon.|
Habitat and Ecology
|Northern Mistbelt Forest, Northern Escarpment Quartzite Sourveld|
|Riverine forest, scarp forest or grassy slopes near forest margins.|
|This species may have lost some habitat to timber plantations in the past. Plantations are however no longer expanding, and most of its remaining habitat is not protected. It however remains vulnerable to competition from spreading, unmanaged alien invasive plants.|
An extremely rare species, but possibly overlooked. The genus Scabiosa is taxonomically problematic and collections are difficult to match to described species. S. transvaalensis is however highly distinct and unlikely to be confused with any other taxa. More field surveys are needed to determine the size and extent of the population. The three most recent records are all from the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, but older records with imprecise locality descriptions indicate that it possibly occurs as far as Pilgrim's Rest and Sabie.
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
|Scabiosa transvaalensis S.Moore||Threatened ||Raimondo et al. (2009)|
Moore, S. 1918. Alabastra Diversa. Part XXVIII. Journal of Botany 56:5-9.
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.
Retief, E. and Herman, P.P.J. 1997. Plants of the northern provinces of South Africa: keys and diagnostic characters. Strelitzia 6. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
|von Staden, L. 2016. Scabiosa transvaalensis S.Moore. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2017/05/22|