Muraltia aspalathoides Schltr.
Status and Criteria
Data Deficient - Insufficient Information
|L. von Staden|
|An apparently rare and very poorly known species last recorded in 1949. It is possibly overlooked, but it is likely to be threatened by competition from alien invasive plants. Field surveys to relocate this species are needed to enable an assessment of its risk of extinction.|
|South African endemic|
|Houw Hoek to the Caledon Swartberg.|
Habitat and Ecology
|Kogelberg Sandstone Fynbos, Overberg Sandstone Fynbos|
|This species has lost habitat to timber plantations at both known locations. Plantations are no longer expanding, but alien invasive species are spreading across fynbos surrounding the plantations. The Caledon Swartberg is densely infested with unmanaged alien invasive plants that are outcompeting native species.|
Muraltia aspalathoides is known from only three collections, and was last recorded in 1949. It is not known whether it is overlooked, or whether the population has declined to extinction. Field surveys are required to relocate subpopulations - intact habitat remains on the mountains around Houw Hoek, and it could still be rediscovered.
|von Staden, L. 2016. Muraltia aspalathoides Schltr. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2019/12/11|