Cliffortia ericifolia

Scientific Name
Cliffortia ericifolia L.f.
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Endangered B1ab(ii,iii,v)
Assessment Date
N.A. Helme, C.M. Whitehouse, D. Raimondo & J.E. Victor
Specimen records indicate that it was once common on seasonally inundated areas on the Cape Flats, but it now remains on four small fragments, three of which are declining due to urban expansion and alien plant invasion. A recent (2006) discovery of this species on the Agulhas plain has extended this species range considerably (EOO 3500 km²), however subpopulations on the Agulhas plain are also threatened by alien plant invasion.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Philadelphia to Cape Peninsula and Agulhas Plain.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Cape Flats Sand Fynbos, Cape Flats Dune Strandveld, Agulhas Sand Fynbos, Atlantis Sand Fynbos, Elim Ferricrete Fynbos, Swartland Alluvium Fynbos, Cape Lowland Freshwater Wetlands
Seasonally wet sands over clays, or acid sands.
Invasive Alien Species (direct effects), Pollution (affecting habitat and/or species), Habitat loss, Harvesting [gathering], Habitat degradation
Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Cliffortia ericifolia L.f.EN B1ab(ii,iii,v)Raimondo et al. (2009)
Cliffortia ericifolia L.f.EN B1B2cVictor (2002)
Cliffortia ericifolia L.f.Endangered Hilton-Taylor (1996)

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.

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.

Whitehouse, C.M. 2006. Cliffortia Interactive Key. Bolus Herbarium, University of Cape Town, Cape Town.

Helme, N.A., Whitehouse, C.M., Raimondo, D. & Victor, J.E. 2006. Cliffortia ericifolia L.f. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2019/09/23

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