Lotononis villosa (E.Mey.) Steud.
Status and Criteria
|D. Raimondo & L. von Staden|
|EOO 4518 km², between three and seven severely fragmented remaining subpopulations continue to decline due to ongoing habitat loss and degradation.|
|South African endemic|
|Footslopes of the Olifants River Mountains near Piketberg to the Overberg near Napier.|
Habitat and Ecology
|Swartland Shale Renosterveld, Central Rûens Shale Renosterveld, Olifants Alluvium Fynbos|
|Coastal renosterveld, 180 m.|
|Less than 10% of renosterveld remains intact within this species' known range after extensive loss to agriculture. Sporadic losses to agricultural expansion is ongoing, but most of the small, isolated fragments remaining are unsuitable to cultivation. These are however often overstocked with livestock, resulting in ongoing degradation due to overgrazing. Fire exclusion and spreading alien invasive plants are also a concern.|
Lotononis villosa is a rare and poorly known species. There are only a few, widely scattered records. It has not been recorded in the northern and eastern Swartland since 1951. There are a few recent observations from lowland renosterveld fragments in the Overberg. The population is severely fragmented and declining due to ongoing habitat loss and degradation.
|Raimondo, D. & von Staden, L. 2016. Lotononis villosa (E.Mey.) Steud. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2020/04/06|