Scientific Name
Agathosma abrupta Pillans
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Vulnerable D2
Assessment Date
N.A. Helme, D.I.W. Euston-Brown & D. Raimondo
Five known locations are potentially threatened by alien plant invasion.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Die Kelders to Groot Hagelkraal.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Agulhas Limestone Fynbos
Limestone ridges, 45-300 m.
Parts of this species' habitat is infested with alien invasive plants, and if these are not cleared and allowed to spread, it could potentially outcompete native species such as A. abrupta.

This species is known from a few, small, scattered clumps of plants (10-20 plants in each) scattered along a single ridge. The population has however not been thoroughly surveyed, and it is not certain whether it numbers fewer than 1000 mature individuals. The population is stable at present, but may potentially decline in future if alien invasive plants are not cleared.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Agathosma abrupta PillansVU D2Raimondo et al. (2009)
Agathosma abrupta PillansLower Risk - Near Threatened Victor (2002)
Agathosma abrupta PillansVulnerable Hilton-Taylor (1996)
Agathosma abrupta PillansIndeterminate Hall et al. (1980)

Bolus Herbarium. The genus Agathosma, specimen data from the Bolus Herbarium Collections database. University of Cape Town, Cape Town. Downloaded on 2007.

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.

Hall, A.V., De Winter, M., De Winter, B. and Van Oosterhout, S.A.M. 1980. Threatened plants of southern Africa. South African National Scienctific Programmes Report 45. CSIR, Pretoria.

Hilton-Taylor, C. 1996. Red data list of southern African plants. Strelitzia 4. South African National Botanical 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.

Victor, J.E. 2002. South Africa. In: J.S. Golding (ed), Southern African plant Red Data Lists. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 14 (pp. 93-120), SABONET, Pretoria.

Helme, N.A., Euston-Brown, D.I.W. & Raimondo, D. 2006. Agathosma abrupta Pillans. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2022/01/25

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