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Pentzia stellata

Scientific Name
Pentzia stellata (P.P.J.Herman) Magee
Higher Classification
Rennera stellata P.P.J.Herman
National Status
Status and Criteria
Near Threatened D2
Assessment Date
L. von Staden, P.P.J. Herman & N. Hahn
A widespread (EOO 16 674 km²), but very localized habitat specialist (AOO <20 km²). Recent field surveys indicated that it is much more common than previously thought, occurring at 10-15 locations. It remains potentially threatened by habitat loss and degradation, which would lead to a rapid increase in risk of extinction.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Northern Cape, North West
Postmasburg to Vryburg.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Ghaap Plateau Vaalbosveld, Molopo Bushveld
Seasonally waterlogged calcrete pans.
According to Herman (1999), this species only occurs on pans consisting of unweathered calcrete which is often exploited for calcrete rock used in road construction. At least two subpopulations are situated on stock farms, and these may be affected by habitat degradation due to trampling and overgrazing.

This species has very specific habitat requirements, and is localized to calcrete pans. Within suitable habitat it is abundant. Field surveys in 1999 recorded the species in three pans, and it was regarded as rare and endangered (Herman 1999). More recent field surveys located several additional subpopulations, and greatly extended the known range of this species (Hahn 2013). Although now known to be much more common, it nonetheless has a very small Area of Occupancy (AOO), estimated to be less than 20 km². The population appears to be stable.

Population trend
von Staden, L., Herman, P.P.J. & Hahn, N. 2016. Pentzia stellata (P.P.J.Herman) Magee. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2019/12/11

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