Asparagus hirsutus

Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Asparagus hirsutus S.M.Burrows
Higher Classification
Monocotyledons
Family
ASPARAGACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Vulnerable D1+2
Assessment Date
2006/11/15
Assessor(s)
S.M. Burrows, J.E. Burrows, D. Raimondo & L. von Staden
Justification
Extremely restricted range (EOO 6 km²) and known from a single location with 500-1000 mature individuals. Potentially threatened by mining.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Limpopo
Range
Restricted to a hill above the Atok Platinum Mine at Monametse in Sekhukhuneland.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Sekhukhune Mountain Bushveld, Sekhukhune Plains Bushveld
Description
Sekhukhune Mountain Bushveld. Plants grow in full sun on rocky north-west-facing hill slopes.
Threats
The ridge where this species grows is at present undisturbed. However, there is a large platinum mine on the plains below and a new reservoir has recently been constructed above the population. This species is therefore not safe from the potential threat of habitat degradation/destruction.
Population

All collections of this species are known from a single hill slope about 2 km long. Along this hill there are many small groups of plants (about 20-30 in a group). The total population is c. 500 mature individuals, and it is highly unlikely that there are more than 1000 mature individuals of this species.


Population trend
Stable
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Asparagus hirsutus S.M.BurrowsVU D1+2Raimondo et al. (2009)
Bibliography

Burrows, S.M. and Burrows, J.E. 2008. Three new species of Asparagus (Asparagaceae) from South Africa, with some notes on other taxa. Bothalia 38(1):23-29.


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.


Citation
Burrows, S.M., Burrows, J.E., Raimondo, D. & von Staden, L. 2006. Asparagus hirsutus S.M.Burrows. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2019/04/20

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