Scientific Name
Felicia nigrescens Grau
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Endangered B1ab(iii,v)+2ab(iii,v); C2a(i)
Assessment Date
N.A. Helme & D. Raimondo
Known from three to five locations (EOO 652 km², AOO <10 km²), five remaining subpopulations have fewer than 250 mature individuals each. Threats include agricultural expansion, low cost housing development, quarrying, road expansion, and invasion by alien annual grasses caused by eutrophication from fertiliser runoff. Two of the four remaining subpopulations are rapidly declining due to trampling and overgrazing.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Caledon to Cape Agulhas.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Western Ruens Shale Renosterveld
Shale renosterveld, in seasonally wet, saline clays with little vegetation.
Agricultural and urban expansion are severe threats. Furthermore, agricultural runoff is aiding invasion by alien grass. The infilling of wetlands for development at the Caledon rifle range is a potential threat. A subpopulation at Jongensklip is threatened by quarrying and road expansion. Two of the four remaining subpopulations are threatened by livestock overgrazing and trampling.

All subpopulations are small and have less than 250 individuals.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Felicia nigrescens GrauCR B1ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v)+2ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v)Raimondo et al. (2009)
Felicia nigrescens GrauVU D2Victor (2002)
Felicia nigrescens GrauInsufficiently Known Hilton-Taylor (1996)
Felicia nigrescens GrauUncertain Hall et al. (1980)

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.

Hall, A.V., De Winter, M., De Winter, B. and Van Oosterhout, S.A.M. 1980. Threatened plants of southern Africa. South African National Scienctific Programmes Report 45. CSIR, Pretoria.

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

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.

Victor, J.E. 2002. South Africa. In: J.S. Golding (ed), Southern African plant Red Data Lists. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 14 (pp. 93-120), SABONET, Pretoria.

Helme, N.A. & Raimondo, D. 2011. Felicia nigrescens Grau. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2024/02/26

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