Marasmodes polycephala DC.
|Marasmodes beyersiana S.Ortiz, Oligodorella teretifolia Turcz.|
Status and Criteria
Critically Endangered B1ab(iii,v)+2ab(iii,v)
|A.R. Magee, I. Ebrahim, D. Raimondo & L. von Staden|
|EOO 15 km², AOO <1 km², two small, severely fragmented remaining subpopulations continue to decline due to ongoing habitat loss and degradation.|
|South African endemic|
|Faure to Gordon's Bay.|
Habitat and Ecology
|Swartland Shale Renosterveld, Lourensford Alluvium Fynbos, Cape Flats Sand Fynbos|
|Seasonally wet, sandy flats over clay.|
|This species has declined extensively due to habitat loss to urban expansion around Stellenbosch and Gordon's Bay, with the rest of its habitat on the False Bay Coast around Faure lost to agricultural expansion (crop fields and grazing meadows). It continues to decline at Gordon's Bay due to habitat loss to further urban expansion, as well as too frequent fire. One remaining subpopulation at Faure is threatened by competition from alien invasive plants, as well as development - there has been past development applications on this land, but they have thus far been turned down.|
Two small, isolated subpopulations remain. Both are small, the largest at Gordon's Bay consisting of about 300 mature individuals, and a second one near Faure has about 50 mature individuals. Both subpopulations occur on isolated fragments and continue to decline due to ongoing habitat degradation.
|Magee, A.R., Ebrahim, I., Raimondo, D. & von Staden, L. 2016. Marasmodes polycephala DC. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2019/12/06|