Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Lotononis virgata B.-E.van Wyk
Higher Classification
Dicotyledons
Family
FABACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Vulnerable B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii)
Assessment Date
2019/04/02
Assessor(s)
L. von Staden
Justification
A range-restricted species (EOO 1079 km²), known from six locations and declining due to ongoing habitat loss and degradation.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
KwaZulu-Natal
Range
KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg foothills, from Estcourt to Mahwaqa Mountain.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Mooi River Highland Grassland, Northern KwaZulu-Natal Moist Grassland, Drakensberg Foothill Moist Grassland, Northern Drakensberg Highland Grassland
Description
Stream banks or on rocky dolerite outcrops.
Threats
This species has lost habitat to timber plantations and crop cultivation in the past, and is currently threatened mainly by competition from alien invasive plants and habitat degradation due to overgrazing.
Population

This species is known from only a few, widely scattered records, and was last recorded in 1986. At two localities known through historical records, it is possibly already locally extinct due to habitat loss. Survey efforts are needed to relocate this species in the wild. A continuing population decline is inferred from ongoing habitat loss and degradation.


Population trend
Decreasing
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Lotononis virgata B.-E.van WykRare Raimondo et al. (2009)
Bibliography

Edwards, T.J. and Norris, F.G. 1990. Notes on the genus Buchenroedera (Fabaceae) in Natal. South African Journal of Botany 56(3):275-284.


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.


Van Wyk, B.E. 1991. A synopsis of the genus Lotononis (Fabaceae: Crotalarieae). Contributions from the Bolus Herbarium 14:1-292.


Citation
von Staden, L. 2019. Lotononis virgata B.-E.van Wyk. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2020/10/20

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