Scientific Name
Albuca annulata Mart.-Azorín & M.B.Crespo
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Vulnerable B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii)
Assessment Date
L. von Staden & A.P. Dold
A rare and localized species (EOO 1362 km²), estimated to occur at between five and 10 locations and declining due to ongoing habitat loss.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Eastern Cape
Port Elizabeth to Grahamstown.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Sundays Valley Thicket, Saltaire Karroid Thicket, Nanaga Savanna Thicket
Sandy soils at low altitude, 0-300 m.
All three known subpopulations occur within protected areas, and are not threatened (A.P. Dold pers. comm. 2013). Similar thicket habitat within its known range is already at least 35% irreversibly modified, predominantly for crop cultivation, as well as urban expansion around Port Elizabeth, and loss is likely to continue. Subpopulations outside of protected areas are likely to be threatened and declining due to ongoing habitat loss.

Subpopulations are small, and this species is currently known from only a few records, all of them in protected areas (Martínez-Azorín et al. 2011). It is cryptic and easily overlooked, and likely to be more common than records indicate (A.P. Dold pers. comm. 2014). Until its recent discovery, the species was however never collected before (Martínez-Azorín et al. 2011), even though its known range is botanically well-explored. It is therefore suspected to be fairly rare, occurring at less than 10 locations, but more field surveys are needed to confirm the precise size and extent of the population.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Albuca annulata Mart.-Azorín & M.B.CrespoVU B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii)2014.1

Martínez-Azorín, M., Crespo, M.B., Dold, A.P. and Barker, N.P. 2011. Albuca annulata sp. nov. (Hyacinthaceae) from the Albany Centre of Endemism, South Africa. Nordic Journal of Botany 29(6):696-699.

von Staden, L. & Dold, A.P. 2014. Albuca annulata Mart.-Azorín & M.B.Crespo. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2022/01/19

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