Cyclopia squamosa

Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Cyclopia squamosa A.L.Schutte
Higher Classification
Dicotyledons
Family
FABACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Critically Endangered D
Assessment Date
2006/10/25
Assessor(s)
N.A. Helme
Justification
This species occurs at extremely low densities. Only 10 plants, occurring at a single site, are currently known, and these are vulnerable to too frequent fires.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Range
Wemmershoek Peak.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Hawequas Sandstone Fynbos
Description
Deep, peaty soils on upper, south-facing sandstone slopes.
Threats
This species is a reseeder and low population numbers makes it extremely vulnerable to too frequent fire. The only known location is also potentially threatened by alien plant invasion scattered pines are already present at the site.
Population

Very rare, known from only 10 plants. Wemmershoek is fairly well explored. The fact that it has only been collected twice in the last 60 years and that only 10 plants could be found in recent searches indicates that this is a very rare and thus vulnerable species.


Population trend
Stable
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Cyclopia squamosa A.L.SchutteCR DRaimondo et al. (2009)
Cyclopia squamosa A.L.SchutteRare Hilton-Taylor (1996)
Bibliography

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.


Citation
Helme, N.A. 2006. Cyclopia squamosa A.L.Schutte. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2019/06/19

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