Osteospermum spathulatum

Scientific Name
Osteospermum spathulatum (DC.) Norl.
Higher Classification
Tripteris spathulata DC.
National Status
Status and Criteria
Data Deficient - Insufficient Information
Assessment Date
L. von Staden
A poorly known species last collected in 1914. It is possibly threatened, but based on available information, its risk of extinction cannot be assessed. Field surveys and taxonomic studies are urgently needed.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Eastern Cape
Uitenhage to Grahamstown.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Albany Thicket
Dry karroid slopes.
Threatened by ongoing habitat loss to urban and industrial expansion around Uitenhage, Redhouse and Coega.

A very poorly known taxon, last recorded in 1914. It is known from a few records between Uitenhage and Coega, where it is possibly now locally extinct due to extensive habitat loss and degradation, but may also be overlooked. Then it is known from a single, highly disjunct record from hills north-west of Grahamstown. It is not known whether this is an aberrant record, or whether the population is continuous between Uitenhage and Grahamstown. It may be overlooked, as this area is botanically relatively poorly sampled.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Osteospermum spathulatum (DC.) Norl.Threatened 2014.1
Tripteris spathulata 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.

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.

Norlindh, T. 1943. Studies in the Calenduleae. 1: Monograph of the genera Dimorphotheca, Castalis, Osteospermum, Gibbaria and Chrysanthemoides. Gleerup, Lund.

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. Osteospermum spathulatum (DC.) Norl. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2018/03/18

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