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Muraltia aspalathoides

Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Muraltia aspalathoides Schltr.
Higher Classification
Dicotyledons
Family
POLYGALACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Data Deficient - Insufficient Information
Assessment Date
2016/10/03
Assessor(s)
L. von Staden
Justification
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.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Range
Houw Hoek to the Caledon Swartberg.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Kogelberg Sandstone Fynbos, Overberg Sandstone Fynbos
Description
Sandstone slopes.
Threats
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.
Population

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.


Population trend
Unknown
Citation
von Staden, L. 2016. Muraltia aspalathoides Schltr. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2019/12/11

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