Scientific Name
Aspalathus aciloba R.Dahlgren
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Endangered B1ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v)+2ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v)
Assessment Date
N.A. Helme, D.I.W. Euston-Brown, D. Raimondo & L. von Staden
EOO 426 km², four to five known locations continue to decline due to ongoing habitat loss and degradation, as well as competition from alien invasive plants.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Bredasdorp to Agulhas.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Overberg Dune Strandveld, Central Ruens Shale Renosterveld, De Hoop Limestone Fynbos, Agulhas Limestone Fynbos, Elim Ferricrete Fynbos
Lowland fynbos on white sandy soils and clay soils over shale mixed with limestone fragments.
A subpopulation on the outskirts of Bredasdorp on the way to Swellendam is threatened by ongoing habitat loss and degradation due to an expanding limestone quarry nearby. It is also threatened by habitat loss to coastal development at Struisbaai, Cape Agulhas and Arniston. Inland of Struisbaai, a subpopulation known from historical records may now be locally extinct due to habitat loss to crop cultivation - it was last recorded in this area in 1954. All other subpopulations on the Agulhas Plain are threatened by competition from spreading, unmanaged alien invasive plants.

A very rare and range-restricted species, it is declining due to ongoing habitat loss and degradation.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Aspalathus aciloba R.DahlgrenEN B1ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v)+2ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v)2017.1
Aspalathus aciloba R.DahlgrenVU D2Raimondo et al. (2009)
Aspalathus aciloba R.DahlgrenNot Threatened Hilton-Taylor (1996)
Aspalathus aciloba R.DahlgrenUncertain Hall et al. (1980)

Dahlgren, R. 1988. Crotalarieae (Aspalathus). In: O.A. Leistner (ed). Flora of southern Africa 16 Fabaceae, Part 3 Papilionoideae, Fascicle 6:1-430. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

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.

Helme, N.A., Euston-Brown, D.I.W., Raimondo, D. & von Staden, L. 2016. Aspalathus aciloba R.Dahlgren. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2020/07/09

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