Scientific Name
Senecio holubii Hutch. & Burtt Davy
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)
Assessment Date
L. von Staden & N. Hahn
Senecio holubii is a very poorly known species last recorded in 1876. Natural vegetation in the area where it was last seen is severely degraded due to expanding settlements, crop cultivation and overgrazing, and it is possibly extinct.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
North West
Zeerust district.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Dwarsberg-Swartruggens Mountain Bushveld, Zeerust Thornveld
The area where this taxon was collected is now densely populated and extensively cultivated. Overgrazing is also a major cause of degradation and loss of plant diversity within this species' range.

This species is only known from the type specimen, collected in 1876 in a remote area of South Africa near the border with Botswana. This area is botanically relatively poorly explored, and it may be overlooked. However, a recent field survey of rare, endangered and endemic plants of North West province found the area to be severely degraded, and the species could not be relocated (Hahn 2013). The status and trend of the population is not known, and it is possibly extinct, but more field surveys are needed to confirm this.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Senecio holubii Hutch. & Burtt DavyCR PE 2017.1
Senecio holubii Hutch. & Burtt DavyData Deficient (Taxonomically Problematic) Raimondo et al. (2009)

Burtt Davy, J. and Hutchinson, J. 1936. New or noteworthy South African plants VIII. New Compositae from the Transvaal. Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) 1936(1):80-85.

Hahn, N. 2013. Rare, endangered and endemic flora of the North West Province. Unpublished Report to the Department of Economic Development, Conservation and Tourism, North West Provincial Government.

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.

von Staden, L. & Hahn, N. 2016. Senecio holubii Hutch. & Burtt Davy. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2020/07/03

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