Broad-leaved Beechwood

Scientific Name
Faurea rochetiana (A.Rich.) Chiov. ex Pic.Serm.
Higher Classification
Faurea decipiens C.H.Wright, Faurea rochetiana (A.Rich.) Chiov. ex Pic.Serm. subsp. speciosa (Welw.) Troupin, Faurea speciosa Welw., Faurea speciosa Welw. var. lanuginosa Hiern, Leucospermum rochetianum A.Rich., Trichostachys speciosa Welw.
Common Names
Breëblaar-boekenhout (a), Broad-leaved Beech (e), Broad-leaved Beechwood (e), Mohlakô (ns), Mutango (v), Mutango-thavha (v), Segwapi (ns)
National Status
Status and Criteria
Least Concern
Assessment Date
H. Mtshali, 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
Faurea rochetiana is widespread, common and not in danger of extinction.
Not endemic to South Africa
Provincial distribution
KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga
This species is widespread across the eastern escarpment of South Africa, from the Soutpansberg to northern KwaZulu-Natal. It also occurs on the highlands of eastern Zimbabwe, extending further north to Ethiopia.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Soutpansberg Mountain Bushveld, Barberton Montane Grassland, Northern Escarpment Dolomite Grassland, Northern Escarpment Quartzite Sourveld, Wolkberg Dolomite Grassland, Steenkampsberg Montane Grassland, Long Tom Pass Montane Grassland, KaNgwane Montane Grassland, KwaZulu-Natal Highland Thornveld, Legogote Sour Bushveld, Ohrigstad Mountain Bushveld, Barberton Serpentine Sourveld, Swaziland Sour Bushveld, Northern Zululand Sourveld, Crocodile Gorge Mountain Bushveld, Tzaneen Sour Bushveld, Ithala Quartzite Sourveld
It occurs in mistbelt grasslands, Brachystegia woodlands, and wooded grasslands, 900-2400 m.
This species has lost some of its habitat to timber plantations in the past, and a number of some subpopulations near Graskop and Barberton occurs between plantations. Plantations are no longer expanding in this area and is not a serious ongoing threat. It is however vulnerable to alien invasive plants, especially unmanaged escaping pine seedlings, that are spreading into its habitat in some areas.

This species is frequent, especially in scrub woodland (Rebelo, 2001).

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Faurea rochetiana (A.Rich.) Chiov. ex Pic.Serm.Least Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)

Boon, R. 2010. Pooley's Trees of eastern South Africa. Flora and Fauna Publications Trust, Durban.

Lebrun, J.P. and Stork, A.L. 2003. Tropical African flowering plants: ecology and distribution. Volume 1: Annonaceae-Balanitaceae. Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques de Geneve, Chambésy, Switzerland.

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, T. 2001. Sasol Proteas: A field guide to the proteas of southern Africa. (2nd ed.). Fernwood Press, Vlaeberg, Cape Town.

Mtshali, H., 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. 2019. Faurea rochetiana (A.Rich.) Chiov. ex Pic.Serm. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2024/02/25

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