Cotula pterocarpa

Scientific Name
Cotula pterocarpa DC.
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Data Deficient - Taxonomically Problematic
Assessment Date
L. von Staden
A very poorly known taxon, known from a single collection more than 100 years old. It is possibly extinct, but further study may also indicate that it is not a valid taxon, as the genus Cotula is in need of revision.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Cape Flats.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Unknown, possibly sandy flats.
Habitat loss to urban expansion is likely to have caused the extinction of this species.

There are no known collections of this species in South African herbaria. The type specimen was collected on the Cape Flats between Paarden Eiland, Bloubergstrand and Tygerberg (Harvey 1894), where it is now likely to be locally extinct due to habitat loss to urban expansion. It is possibly a doubtful species, as it is not included in recent treatments of the Cape Flora (Goldblatt and Manning 2000, Manning and Goldblatt 2012). The genus Cotula is in need of revision, and species are difficult to identify. Further research is needed.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Cotula pterocarpa DC.Threatened Raimondo et al. (2009)

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.

Harvey, W.H. 1894. Compositae. In: W.H. Harvey and O.W. Sonder (eds). Flora Capensis III (Rubiaceae to Campanulaceae):44-530. L. Reeve & Co., Ltd., Ashford.

Manning, J.C. and Goldblatt, P. 2012. Plants of the Greater Cape Floristic Region 1: The Core Cape Flora. Strelitzia 29. South African National Biodiversity 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.

von Staden, L. 2016. Cotula pterocarpa DC. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2018/03/24

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