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Ornithogalum verae

Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Ornithogalum verae D.Müll.-Doblies & U.Müll.-Doblies
Higher Classification
Monocotyledons
Family
HYACINTHACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Rare
Assessment Date
2016/11/16
Assessor(s)
D. Raimondo
Justification
A range-restricted endemic to the Roggeveld Escarpment (EOO <500 km²), known from two collections, but possibly overlooked (plants are smaller than 5 cm). It is not threatened.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Northern Cape
Range
Roggeveld Escarpment.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Nieuwoudtville-Roggeveld Dolerite Renosterveld, Roggeveld Shale Renosterveld
Description
Dolerite flats.
Threats
There are no severe threats to this species. Parts of the Roggeveld Escarpment is degraded due to overgrazing, but Ornithogalum species are typically poisonous to livestock, and tend not to decline under grazing pressure.
Population

Ornithogalum verae was described in 1996 (Müller-Doblies and Müller-Doblies 1996), based on two collections from the Roggeveld Escarpment. To date, no further collections have been matched to the description (duplicates of the type material was not distributed to South African herbaria). It is possibly overlooked, but since there are no severe threats to this species it is not suspected to be in danger of extinction.


Population trend
Stable
Citation
Raimondo, D. 2016. Ornithogalum verae D.Müll.-Doblies & U.Müll.-Doblies. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2019/12/06

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