Waterlily Sugarbush

Scientific Name
Protea subvestita N.E.Br.
Higher Classification
Protea lacticolor Salisb. var. angustata E.Phillips, Protea lacticolor Salisb. var. orientalis (Sim) E.Phillips
Common Names
Igwanishe (x), Isiqalaba (z), Isiqalaba (x), Isiqane (x), Lip-flower Sugarbush (e), Lippeblom-suikerbos (a), Waterlily Sugarbush (e)
National Status
Status and Criteria
Least Concern
Assessment Date
A.G. Rebelo, H. Mtshali & L. von Staden
Not endemic to South Africa
Provincial distribution
Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Midlands Mistbelt Grassland, Mooi River Highland Grassland, Low Escarpment Moist Grassland, Mthatha Moist Grassland, East Griqualand Grassland, Drakensberg Foothill Moist Grassland, Eastern Free State Sandy Grassland, Wakkerstroom Montane Grassland, Lesotho Highland Basalt Grassland, uKhahlamba Basalt Grassland, Drakensberg-Amathole Afromontane Fynbos, Northern Drakensberg Highland Grassland, Southern Drakensberg Highland Grassland, Amathole Mistbelt Grassland, Amathole Montane Grassland
Population trend
UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park and Pongolo Bush Reserve. Conservation: Its presence in Sehlabathebe National Park was not sufficient to prevent it from going extinct.
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Protea subvestita N.E.Br.Least Concern 2014.1
Protea subvestita N.E.Br.VU B2ab(iii,v)2013.1
Protea subvestita N.E.Br.VU B2ab(iii,v)Raimondo et al. (2009)
Protea subvestita N.E.Br.Lower Risk - Near Threatened Scott-Shaw (1999)
Protea subvestita N.E.Br.Not Threatened Hilton-Taylor (1996)

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

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.

Hilton-Taylor, C. 1996. Red data list of southern African plants. Strelitzia 4. South African National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Pooley, E. 2003. Mountain flowers: a field guide to the flora of the Drakensberg and Lesotho. Natal Flora Publications Trust, Durban.

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.

Scott-Shaw, C.R. 1999. Rare and threatened plants of KwaZulu-Natal and neighbouring regions. KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation Service, Pietermaritzburg.

Rebelo, A.G., Mtshali, H. & von Staden, L. 2019. Protea subvestita N.E.Br. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2022/08/09

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