Ledebouria coriacea S.Venter
Status and Criteria
Critically Endangered B1ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v)+2ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v)
|L. von Staden & A.J. Hankey|
|A single, small population numbering fewer than 500 plants continues to decline due to ongoing habitat loss.|
|South African endemic|
Habitat and Ecology
|Alluvial sand and fine gravel underlain by calcrete. Plants occur in shaded places under Pteronia shrubs.|
|The only known population of this species is threatened by ongoing habitat loss to urban expansion, particularly uncontrolled expansion of informal settlements. It is also losing habitat to ongoing industrial development - the population occurs in an area earmarked for large-scale economic development.|
In 1989, the population consisted of five clumps within a 5 km area. The largest clump had about 158 plants, the smallest only 11 plants (Venter 1993). Since then the habitat has been significantly reduced by urban and industrial development, but there are no recent field data on the status of the population. On a visit to the type locality in 2012, two species of Ledebouria were found at the site, but neither of these could be confirmed to be L. coriacea (A.J. Hankey pers. comm. 2016).
Venter, S. 1993. A revision of the genus Ledebouria Roth (Hyacinthaceae) in South Africa. Unpublished MSc. Thesis, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg.
Venter, S. 2008. Synopsis of the genus Ledebouria Roth (Hyacinthaceae) in South Africa. Herbertia 62:85-155.
|von Staden, L. & Hankey, A.J. 2016. Ledebouria coriacea S.Venter. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2017/03/25|