Scientific Name
Aspalathus divaricata Thunb. subsp. gracilior R.Dahlgren
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Vulnerable B1ab(iii,v)+2ab(iii,v)
Assessment Date
L. von Staden
This subspecies has a restricted range, with an extent of occurrence of 500 km². It is known from seven locations and threatened by competition from spreading alien invasive plants.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
It occurs in the mountains between Grabouw, Stellenbosch and Paarl, and also in the mountains south-west of the Breede River Valley near Worcester in the Western Cape.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Kogelberg Sandstone Fynbos, Hawequas Sandstone Fynbos, Boland Granite Fynbos
It occurs on lower sandstone and granite slopes.
This taxon has lost habitat to timber plantations in Jonkershoek, Wemmershoek and the Berg River Valley at Franschhoek in the past. Timber plantations are however no longer expanding and this threat has ceased. Subpopulations on slopes above plantations are currently threatened by rapidly spreading escaped pine seedlings, which are already outcompeting native species around Franschhoek Pass, Wemmershoek and the Groot Drakenstein Mountains west of Franschhoek. Spreading, unmanaged alien invasive species is also a threat to a subpopulation in Du Toit's Kloof.
Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Aspalathus divaricata Thunb. subsp. gracilior R.DahlgrenLeast Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)

Dahlgren, R. 1968. Revision of the genus Aspalathus. II. The species with ericoid and pinoid leaflets. 6. The Aspalathus frankenioides, nivea, juniperina, rubens, and divaricata groups and some other groups. Opera Botanica 21:8-304.

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.

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.

von Staden, L. 2018. Aspalathus divaricata Thunb. subsp. gracilior R.Dahlgren. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2023/12/04

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