Eriocephalus microphyllus DC. var. carnosus M.A.N.Müll.
Status and Criteria
|L. von Staden|
|A rare, range-restricted taxon (EOO 789 km²), known from three locations and declining due to overgrazing.|
|South African endemic|
|Worcester to Matjiesfontein.|
Habitat and Ecology
|Matjiesfontein Shale Renosterveld, Robertson Karoo|
|Shale and gravel slopes and plateaus.|
|This taxon is highly palatable and it is heavily browsed by livestock (Müller et al. 2001). Much of the area where it occurs is severely overgrazed, and the population has likely been reduced as a result of grazing. It may also have declined due to urban expansion around Worcester.|
This taxon has a restricted range and is known from only a few collections. It was last recorded in the 1970s. Field surveys are needed to relocate surviving plants. It is known historically from three widely scattered locations, but may also be overlooked.
|von Staden, L. 2016. Eriocephalus microphyllus DC. var. carnosus M.A.N.Müll. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2019/12/11|