Elusive Rarities of the Cape Peninsula

Elusive Rarities of the Cape Peninsula

Elusive Rarities of the Cape Peninsula - Southern Africa : Within the Cape Peninsula's rich floral diversity, there are a number of species that are known only from Herbarium records, or that have not been recorded for many decades, or for which we have a very poor understanding of their current distribution of l

Within the Cape Peninsula's rich floral diversity, there are a number of species that are known only from Herbarium records, or that have not been recorded for many decades, or for which we have a very poor understanding of their current distribution of life cycles.

The aim of this project is to search for a selection of these “lost” plants with the goal of some rediscoveries, finding them in new localities and in general expanding our knowledge of our less familiar plants.

An example is Polycarena silenoides that was last recorded in the 1940's and had a Redlist Status of Critically Endangered, Possibly Extinct. It was rediscovered in August 2015 on the slopes of Lion's Head. It would be interesting to discover whether this species occurs elsewhere on the Peninsula in a similar habitat to where it was found.

Please tag any records of the following species as "LostPlants" to be included in this project, and record details about the number of plants, habitat and threats

Family Name (Threat status)
APIACEAE Hermas lanata (VU)
ASTERACEAE Berkheya carlinifolia subsp. promontorii (LC)
AIZOACEAE Erepsia promontorii (CR PE)
BRASSICACEAE Heliophila tabularis (VU)
BRASSICACEAE Lepidium capense (LC)
CAMPANULACEAE Wahlenbergia pyrophila (CR)
CYPERACEAE Isolepis bulbifera (EX)
CYPERACEAE Tetraria graminifolia (VU)
CYPERACEAE Tetraria paludosa (CR PE)
ERICACEAE Erica pyramidalis var. pyramidalis (EX)
ERICACEAE Erica turgida (EW)
ERICACEAE Erica verticillata (EW)
FABACEAE Aspalathus borboniifolia (VU)
FABACEAE Aspalathus variegata (EX)
FABACEAE Liparia graminifolia (EX)
FABACEAE Lotononis perplexa (DDD)
IRIDACEAE Aristea pauciflora (CR)
IRIDACEAE Geissorhiza tabularis (Rare)
ORCHIDACEAE Disa ecalcarata (DDD)
ORCHIDACEAE Disa nubigena (Rare)
ORCHIDACEAE Pterygodium connivens (CR PE)
POACEAE Helictotrichon quinquesetum (CR PE)
POLYGALACEAE Muraltia acipetala (Rare)
POLYGALACEAE Muraltia diabolica (Rare)
POLYGALACEAE Muraltia mixta (DDD)
POLYGALACEAE Muraltia pageae (LC)
POLYGALACEAE Muraltia satureioides var. salteri (CR PE)
PROTEACEAE Leucadendron grandiflorum (EX)
RESTIONACEAE Willdenowia affinis (EX)
RHAMNACEAE Phylica schlechteri (CR PE)
RUTACEAE Agathosma pulchella (VU)
SCROPHULARIACEAE Microdon nitidus (Rare)
SCROPHULARIACEAE Nemesia micrantha (EX)
SCROPHULARIACEAE Polycarena silenoides (CR PE)
THYMELAEACEAE Gnidia parvula (DDD)

29 Jul 2016
Gigi