Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Blepharis spinipes Vollesen
Higher Classification
Dicotyledons
Family
ACANTHACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Rare
Assessment Date
2017/08/10
Assessor(s)
L. von Staden
Justification
Blepharis spinipes is a rare and localized endemic of the Soutpansberg Mountains, but it is not threatened.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Limpopo
Range
This species is endemic to the Soutpansberg Mountains in northern Limpopo Province.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Musina Mopane Bushveld, Soutpansberg Mountain Bushveld
Description
It occurs in rock crevices on hot, dry north-facing slopes in bushveld, 900 m.
Threats
There are no known threats to this species. It occurs in a habitat that is safe from cultivation, and due to its spiny nature, is unlikely to be browsed by livestock.
Population

This species is known from only two collections within a small area on the northern side of the Soutpansberg. Its population size is not known. As there are no severe threats, the population is not suspected to be declining, but field monitoring is required to confirm this.


Population trend
Stable
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Blepharis spinipes VollesenData Deficient Raimondo et al. (2009)
Bibliography

Hahn, N. 2002. Endemic flora of the Soutpansberg. Unpublished MSc, Univeristy of Natal, Pietermaritzburg.


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.


Vollesen, K. 2000. Blepharis (Acanthaceae): A taxonomic revision. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, Richmond, England.


Citation
von Staden, L. 2017. Blepharis spinipes Vollesen. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2020/07/10

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