Acanthopsis erosa

Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Acanthopsis erosa H.M.Steyn
Higher Classification
Dicotyledons
Family
ACANTHACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Rare
Assessment Date
2015/10/09
Assessor(s)
L. von Staden & H.M. Steyn
Justification
A rare, range-restricted species, but not threatened.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Northern Cape
Range
Doring River Valley in the northern Ceres Karoo north of Swartruggens.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Swartruggens Quartzite Karoo
Description
Deep sandy soils in Swartruggens Quartzite Karoo.
Threats
This species' habitat, Swartruggens Quartzite Karoo, is still 90% intact, although parts of it is degraded due to overgrazing. No threats were observed at the type locality, currently the only known subpopulation (H.M. Steyn pers. obs.).
Population

This species is currently known from a single subpopulation from an area known for its several endemics. The area is remote and still relatively poorly explored, and it is likely that other, undiscovered subpopulations exist.


Population trend
Stable
Bibliography

Steyn, H.M. and Van Wyk, A.E. 2016. Taxonomic notes on the shrublet species of Acanthopsis (Acanthaceae, tribe Acantheae), with two new species from South Africa. Phytotaxa 244(2):145-160.


Citation
von Staden, L. & Steyn, H.M. 2015. Acanthopsis erosa H.M.Steyn. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2017/05/26

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