Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Metalasia alfredii Pillans
Higher Classification
Dicotyledons
Family
ASTERACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Vulnerable D2
Assessment Date
2019/04/04
Assessor(s)
N.A. Helme & L. von Staden
Justification
A rare, range-restricted species known from two locations and potentially threatened by competition from alien invasive plants.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Range
Riviersonderend Mountains, Pilaarkop and Baviaanskloof above Genadendal.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
South Sonderend Sandstone Fynbos
Description
Upper sandstone slopes and summit ridges above 1500 m.
Threats
Alien invasive pines have been spreading rapidly across the southern slopes of the Riviersonderend Mountains over the past 15 years. At present scattered pines have reached the summit ridges and north-facing slopes, and require urgent clearing. If left unmanaged, pines will outcompete native species.
Population
Population trend
Stable
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Metalasia alfredii PillansRare Raimondo et al. (2009)
Metalasia alfredii PillansInsufficiently Known Hilton-Taylor (1996)
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.


Hilton-Taylor, C. 1996. Red data list of southern African plants. Strelitzia 4. South African National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.


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. 2019. Metalasia alfredii Pillans. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2020/10/20

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