Scientific Name
Vahlia capensis (L.f.) Thunb. subsp. vulgaris Bridson
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Least Concern
Assessment Date
L. von Staden
A widespread and common subspecies that is not in danger of extinction.
Not endemic to South Africa
Provincial distribution
Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, North West
Widespread across southern Africa, in South Africa occurring across the northern and central provinces, extending to Lesotho and northern KwaZulu-Natal.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Winburg Grassy Shrubland, Springbokvlakte Thornveld, Loskop Thornveld, Central Sandy Bushveld, Andesite Mountain Bushveld, Dwaalboom Thornveld, Eastern Upper Karoo, Northern Upper Karoo, Bushmanland Basin Shrubland, Kalahari Karroid Shrubland, Bushmanland Arid Grassland, Soweto Highveld Grassland, Rand Highveld Grassland, Lower Gariep Alluvial Vegetation, Bloemfontein Karroid Shrubland, Makhado Sweet Bushveld, Central Free State Grassland, Bloemfontein Dry Grassland, Besemkaree Koppies Shrubland, Xhariep Karroid Grassland, Aliwal North Dry Grassland, Western Highveld Sandy Grassland, Vredefort Dome Granite Grassland, Vaal-Vet Sandy Grassland, Maputaland Wooded Grassland, Subtropical Alluvial Vegetation, Highveld Alluvial Vegetation, Upper Gariep Alluvial Vegetation, Western Free State Clay Grassland, Kimberley Thornveld, Tzaneen Sour Bushveld, Gabbro Grassy Bushveld, Granite Lowveld, Muzi Palm Veld and Wooded Grassland, Maputaland Pallid Sandy Bushveld, Tembe Sandy Bushveld, Makuleke Sandy Bushveld, Auob Duneveld, Gordonia Duneveld, Kuruman Thornveld, Kuruman Vaalbosveld, Ghaap Plateau Vaalbosveld, Western Sandy Bushveld, Vaalbos Rocky Shrubland, Waterberg Mountain Bushveld, Stella Bushveld, Gordonia Plains Shrubland, Postmasburg Thornveld, Kathu Bushveld, Molopo Bushveld, Mafikeng Bushveld, Moot Plains Bushveld, Marikana Thornveld, Dwarsberg-Swartruggens Mountain Bushveld, Zeerust Thornveld, Polokwane Plateau Bushveld, Soutpansberg Mountain Bushveld, Limpopo Ridge Bushveld, Schmidtsdrif Thornveld
Sandy soils or disturbed places on riverbanks and in wetlands and damp places in grassland and savanna.
Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Vahlia capensis (L.f.) Thunb. subsp. vulgaris Bridson var. longifolia (Gand.) BridsonLeast Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)
Vahlia capensis (L.f.) Thunb. subsp. vulgaris Bridson var. linearis E.Mey. ex BridsonLeast Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)
Vahlia capensis (L.f.) Thunb. subsp. vulgaris Bridson var. vulgaris Least Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)
Vahlia capensis (L.f.) Thunb. subsp. vulgaris Bridson var. latifolia Burtt DavyData Deficient (Taxonomically Problematic) Raimondo et al. (2009)
Vahlia capensis (L.f.) Thunb. subsp. vulgaris Bridson var. latifolia Burtt DavyInsufficiently Known Hilton-Taylor (1996)

Bridson, D.M. 1975. A revision of the family Vahliaceae. Kew Bulletin 30(1):163-182.

Bridson, D.M. 1978. Vahliaceae. In: E. Launert (ed). Flora Zambesiaca 4:48-53. Flora Zambesiaca Managing Committee, London.

Hilton-Taylor, C. 1996. Red data list of southern African plants. Strelitzia 4. South African 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.

von Staden, L. 2014. Vahlia capensis (L.f.) Thunb. subsp. vulgaris Bridson. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2024/02/25

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