Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Salsola merxmuelleri Aellen
Higher Classification
Dicotyledons
Family
AMARANTHACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Data Deficient - Insufficient Information
Assessment Date
2017/08/25
Assessor(s)
L. von Staden
Justification
A range-restricted and poorly known species that is possibly threatened by habitat loss to mining.
Distribution
Endemism
Not endemic to South Africa
Provincial distribution
Northern Cape
Range
Restricted to a small area of coastal flats around the mouth of the Orange River.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Desert, Succulent Karoo
Description
Sandy desert flats.
Threats
Unknown. It is possibly threatened by habitat loss to open cast mining of coastal dunes across its range.
Population

This species is known from only a few, very old collections, and was last recorded in 1980. Local abundance and population trend is not known. It is possibly overlooked due to taxonomic confusion within Salsola.


Population trend
Unknown
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Salsola merxmuelleri AellenLeast Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)
Bibliography

Aellen, P. 1961. Neue Chenopodiaceen aus Südwestafrika. Mitteilungen der Botanischen Staatssammlung München 4:21-31.


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.


Snijman, D.A. 2013. Plants of the Greater Cape Floristic Region 2: The extra Cape flora. Strelitzia 30. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.


Citation
von Staden, L. 2017. Salsola merxmuelleri Aellen. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2020/10/28

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