Monechma acutum

Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Monechma acutum C.B.Clarke
Higher Classification
Dicotyledons
Family
ACANTHACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Data Deficient - Taxonomically Problematic
Assessment Date
2016/10/04
Assessor(s)
L. von Staden
Justification
Monechma acutum is a rare and poorly known species, possibly restricted to a small area between Humansdorp and Uitenhage, where it is likely to be threatened by ongoing habitat loss and degradation. Munday (1995) does not include it in her revision of the genus - it possibly belongs to another genus or may be conspecific with other taxa.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Eastern Cape
Range
Humansdorp to Uitenhage.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Albany Thicket
Description
Unknown.
Threats
This species is possibly threatened by habitat loss to timber plantations, urban expansion, competition from alien invasive plants and overgrazing.
Population

Clarke (1901) cites two collections of this species. Hoffman and Cowling (1991) report it from the lower Sundays River Valley.


Population trend
Unknown
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Monechma acutum C.B.ClarkeLeast Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)
Bibliography

Clarke, C.B. 1901. Acanthaceae. In: W.T. Thiselton-Dyer (ed). Flora Capensis V Section I (Acanthaceae-Proteaceae):1-92. Lovell Reeve & Co., Ltd., London.


Hoffman, M.T. and Cowling, R.M. 1991. Phytochorology and endemism along aridity and grazing gradients in the lower Sundays River Valley, South Africa: Implications for vegetation history. Journal of Biogeography 18(2):189-201.


Munday, J. 1995. Monechma. In: O.A. Leistner (ed). Flora of southern Africa 30 Part 3: Acanthaceae, Fascicle 1: Justiciinae:47-61. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.


Raimondo, D., von Staden, L., Foden, W., Victor, J.E., Helme, N.A., Turner, R.C., Kamundi, D.A. and Manyama, P.A. 2009. Red List of South African Plants. Strelitzia 25. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.


Citation
von Staden, L. 2016. Monechma acutum C.B.Clarke. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2017/05/28

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