Scientific Name
Cyclopia pubescens Eckl. & Zeyh.
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Critically Endangered B1ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v)
Assessment Date
D. Raimondo, A.P. Dold & W. Berrington
EOO 67 km², 80% of this species' habitat has been transformed by urban expansion, agriculture and alien plant invasions. Monitoring by volunteers of the Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers (CREW) Programme of 11 small, severely fragmented remaining subpopulations recorded threats of ongoing habitat loss to urban development, and degradation of habitat due to alien plant infestations. A few subpopulations are also declining due to damage by vlei rats and mowing by landowners.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Eastern Cape
Port Elizabeth.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Algoa Sandstone Fynbos
Lowland fynbos in marshy drainage lines, 300 m.
At least 80% of this species' habitat is already transformed as a result of urban expansion, agriculture and alien plant invasion. Further urban expansion threatens at least two remaining subpopulations, and alien invasive plants are present at three. Plants are also damaged by Vlei Rats, which is causing a decline in small subpopulations. Mowing has also damaged one subpopulation.
Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Cyclopia pubescens Eckl. & Zeyh.CR B1ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v)+2ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v)Raimondo et al. (2009)
Cyclopia pubescens Eckl. & Zeyh.Endangered Hilton-Taylor (1996)

Goldblatt, P. and Manning, J.C. 2000. Cape Plants: A conspectus of the Cape Flora of South Africa. Strelitzia 9. National Botanical Institute, Cape Town.

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.

Schutte, A.L. 1997. Systematics of the genus Cyclopia Vent. (Fabaceae, Podalyrieae). Edinburgh Journal of Botany 54(2):125-170.

Raimondo, D., Dold, A.P. & Berrington, W. 2011. Cyclopia pubescens Eckl. & Zeyh. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2024/02/24

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