Needle-leaf Pincushion

Scientific Name
Leucospermum lineare R.Br.
Higher Classification
Common Names
Luisiesbos (a), Needle-leaf Pincushion (e)
National Status
Status and Criteria
Vulnerable A2c
Assessment Date
A.G. Rebelo, N.A. Helme, P.M. Holmes, C.N. Forshaw, S.H. Richardson, D. Raimondo, D.I.W. Euston-Brown, J.E. Victor, W. Foden, I. Ebrahim, B. Bomhard, E.G.H. Oliver, A. Johns, J. van der Venter, R. van der Walt, C. von Witt, A.B. Low, C. Paterson-Jones, J.P. Rourke, A.N. Hitchcock, L. Potter, J.H. Vlok & D. Pillay
Estimates of past population reduction based on local extinction of subpopulations known through herbarium specimens, reduction in range size and habitat loss through land transformation give very different values, ranging from 20-60%. It has been decided to place this species in the category VU (30-50% population reduction) as an average estimate of population reduction in the past 60 years (generation length 20 years).
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Bain's Kloof to Hottentots Holland and Villiersdorp Mountains.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Boland Granite Fynbos, Swartland Shale Renosterveld, Kogelberg Sandstone Fynbos, Hawequas Sandstone Fynbos, Cape Winelands Shale Fynbos, Western Coastal Shale Band Vegetation, Swartland Alluvium Fynbos
Primarily found in Boland Granite Fynbos.
Invasive Alien Species (direct effects), Harvesting [gathering], Habitat loss
Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Leucospermum lineare R.Br.VU A2cRaimondo et al. (2009)

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.

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.

Rebelo, A.G., Helme, N.A., Holmes, P.M., Forshaw, C.N., Richardson, S.H., Raimondo, D., Euston-Brown, D.I.W., Victor, J.E., Foden, W., Ebrahim, I., Bomhard, B., Oliver, E.G.H., Johns, A., van der Venter, J., van der Walt, R., von Witt, C., Low, A.B., Paterson-Jones, C., Rourke, J.P., Hitchcock, A.N., Potter, L., Vlok, J.H. & Pillay, D. 2006. Leucospermum lineare R.Br. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2019/09/23

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