Ledebouria confusa

Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Ledebouria confusa S.Venter
Higher Classification
Monocotyledons
Family
HYACINTHACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Least Concern
Assessment Date
2016/07/20
Assessor(s)
N. Hahn & L. von Staden
Justification
A widespread (EOO 18 392 km²), but rarely recorded species. It is possibly overlooked, and more common than the few, scattered records suggest. The population is not declining and it is not threatened over the majority of its range, and therefore it is not considered to be in danger of extinction.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West
Range
Widespread, but scattered occurrence across north-eastern North West Province, Limpopo, western Mpumalanga and northern Gauteng.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Savanna
Description
Rocky quartzitic hills or knolls in grassland to open scrub, occasionally also on the margin of woodlands.
Threats
This species has no severe threats in North West and Limpopo Province. Agricultural expansion, particularly crop cultivation, does not appear to have affected populations of this species as its habitat is unsuitable to cultivation. It appears to thrive in overgrazed and degraded areas (Hahn 2013). In Gauteng it is threatened by ongoing habitat loss to urban expansion around Pretoria.
Population

This species is known from seven widely scattered subpopulations. It is possibly overlooked and confused with other species. Most subpopulations are thriving in spite of ongoing habitat degradation, and only a small proportion of the population in the southern part of this species' range is affected by habitat loss.


Population trend
Stable
Bibliography

Hahn, N. 2013. Rare, endangered and endemic flora of the North West Province. Unpublished Report to the Department of Economic Development, Conservation and Tourism, North West Provincial Government.


Venter, S. 2008. Synopsis of the genus Ledebouria Roth (Hyacinthaceae) in South Africa. Herbertia 62:85-155.


Citation
Hahn, N. & von Staden, L. 2016. Ledebouria confusa S.Venter. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2017/06/27

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