Ledebouria remifolia S.Venter
|Scilla petiolata Van der Merwe|
Status and Criteria
|M. Lötter, A.J. Hankey & L. von Staden|
|Ledebouria remifolia is a rare and localized species. There are five known locations, and two are potentially threatened by competition from alien invasive plants and habitat loss to mining.|
|South African endemic|
|Mpumalanga Escarpment, Blyde River Canyon to Kaapsehoop.|
Habitat and Ecology
|Northern Escarpment Quartzite Sourveld, Lydenburg Montane Grassland|
|Shallow, grey sandy soils in Black Reef Quartzite grasslands.|
|Much of this species' grassland habitat has been converted to timber plantations in the past. This threat has however ceased as plantations are no longer expanding, and most of the remaining habitat is now protected. Subpopulations in fire breaks and small grassland fragments among plantations are however vulnerable to spreading, unmanaged alien invasive plants, particularly escaping pine seedlings. At least one subpopulation is potentially threatened by mining.|
Van der Merwe, F. 1941. Scilla petiolata. Flowering Plants of Africa 21:t. 832.
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 Unpublished MSc.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.
|Lötter, M., Hankey, A.J. & von Staden, L. 2016. Ledebouria remifolia S.Venter. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2017/03/27|