Metalasia juniperoides

Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Metalasia juniperoides Pillans
Higher Classification
Dicotyledons
Family
ASTERACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Endangered B1ab(ii,iii,v)
Assessment Date
2012/12/11
Assessor(s)
N.A. Helme & L. von Staden
Justification
EOO 980 km², known from three to five locations and threatened by ongoing habitat loss to agricultural expansion and competition from alien invasive plants across the eastern part of its range.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Range
Koue Bokkeveld, upper Olifants River Valley and Piketberg.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Piketberg Sandstone Fynbos, Leipoldtville Sand Fynbos, Olifants Alluvium Fynbos, Olifants Sandstone Fynbos, Cederberg Sandstone Fynbos
Description
Sandy and rocky flats and slopes.
Threats
Threatened by extensive, ongoing habitat loss to agricultural expansion (mainly orchards) in the Olifants River Valley, as well as competition from alien invasive plants. Within this area, plants are very scarce and occur within small fragments. A large subpopulation consisting of tens of thousands of individuals on the Piketberg is not threatened (N.A. Helme pers. obs. 2010).
Population
Population trend
Decreasing
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Metalasia juniperoides PillansEN B1ab(ii,iii,v)Raimondo et al. (2009)
Bibliography

Goldblatt, P. and Manning, J.C. 2000. Cape Plants: A conspectus of the Cape Flora of South Africa. Strelitzia 9. National Botanical Institute, Cape Town.


Karis, P.O. 1989. Systematics of the genus Metalasia (Asteraceae - Gnaphalieae). Opera Botanica 99:1-150.


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
Helme, N.A. & von Staden, L. 2012. Metalasia juniperoides Pillans. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2018/08/17

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