Disa staerkeriana

Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Disa staerkeriana McMurtry & Bytebier
Higher Classification
Monocotyledons
Family
ORCHIDACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Critically Endangered D
Assessment Date
2015/07/02
Assessor(s)
B. Bytebier & L. von Staden
Justification
A rare, range-restricted species known from a single subpopulation of 30 mature individuals.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Mpumalanga
Range
Mount Anderson.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Long Tom Pass Montane Grassland
Description
Steep south-east facing slope, in grassland among Black Reef quartzite boulders, 2160-2231 m.
Threats
This species' habitat is an important mountain catchment area, as well as a hotspot of endemism for orchids. It is managed as a protected area by the Mpumalanga Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and there are no immediate threats to this species.
Population

This species is currently known from a single subpopulation of about 30 mature individuals. Its habitat is a hotspot of orchid endemism, and it has been well explored by orchid experts, and this species has never been encountered before anywhere else in the area, and it is evidently a very rare species.


Population trend
Stable
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Disa staerkeriana McMurtry & BytebierCR D2015.1
Bibliography

McMurtry, D. and Bytebier, B. 2015. Disa staerkeriana (Orchidaceae): a new species from Mpumalanga, South Africa. Phytotaxa 203(2):192-198.


Citation
Bytebier, B. & von Staden, L. 2015. Disa staerkeriana McMurtry & Bytebier. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version . Accessed on 2024/07/17

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