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Ledebouria papillata

Scientific Name
Ledebouria papillata S.Venter
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Least Concern
Assessment Date
L. von Staden
Ledebouria papillata is widespread across northern South Africa, where it is not severely threatened. Subpopulations in the Eastern Cape are declining due to ongoing habitat loss and degradation. As the species is currently circumscribed, it is widespread and not in danger of extinction.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Limpopo, North West
Louis Trichardt to Potchefstroom, and also between Port Elizabeth and Peddie in the Eastern Cape.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Albany Thicket, Savanna
Sandy soils in woodland, grassland with scattered bush clumps and closed evergreen tall shrubland and thicket.
This taxon is widespread and fairly common across Limpopo and North West, and most subpopulations are not severely threatened. There is some ongoing habitat loss to urban expansion around Polokwane, and near Bela Bela it is threatened by habitat loss to crop cultivation, but this affects only a small proportion of the northern population. In the Eastern Cape it is threatened by severe, ongoing habitat loss to urban and industrial expansion around Uitenhage and Port Elizabeth.
Population trend
Ledebouria papillata has a very odd, disjunct distribution. Plants in the Eastern Cape possibly represents a separate taxon, or otherwise it is possibly overlooked in the Free State and inland areas of the Eastern Cape. Populations in the Eastern Cape occur within a restricted area, and could possibly be at risk of extinction if they are recognised as a separate taxon.
von Staden, L. 2016. Ledebouria papillata S.Venter. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2020/04/06

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