Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Metalasia oligocephala P.O.Karis
Higher Classification
Dicotyledons
Family
ASTERACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Vulnerable D2
Assessment Date
2017/05/20
Assessor(s)
N.A. Helme & L. von Staden
Justification
Plants at one known location are potentially threatened by competition from alien invasive plants.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Range
Langeberg near Swellendam, between Protea Valley and Nooitgedacht.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Central Coastal Shale Band Vegetation
Description
Sandstone slopes or on shale bands.
Threats
Scattered alien invasive Hakeas are present within the species' habitat (N.A. Helme pers. obs. 2008) and is likely to outcompete native plant species if left unmanaged.
Population

This species is localized to a shale band on the upper northern slopes of the Langeberg. The population is large, consisting of at least 1000 mature individuals (N.A. Helme pers. obs. 2008).


Population trend
Stable
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Metalasia oligocephala P.O.KarisCritically Rare Raimondo et al. (2009)
Metalasia oligocephala P.O.KarisInsufficiently 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. 2017. Metalasia oligocephala P.O.Karis. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2020/07/10

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