Scientific Name
Moraea unibracteata Goldblatt
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Vulnerable B1ab(ii,iii,iv,v)
Assessment Date
C.R. Scott-Shaw, H. Mtshali & L. von Staden
EOO 2158 km², known from seven locations and declining due to ongoing habitat loss and degradation.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and Drakensberg foothills.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Midlands Mistbelt Grassland, Mooi River Highland Grassland, Northern Drakensberg Highland Grassland
Mistbelt and montane grassland, usually on steep slopes, 600-2000 m.
Urban expansion, agriculture, afforestation and degradation by livestock have caused a severe loss and fragmentation of suitable habitat.

A poorly known species last collected in 1987. It has a restricted range, and is known from seven locations, but most records have too imprecise locality descriptions to determine with any certainty if the subpopulations still persist or not, but some intact habitat still remains, particularly in the Drakensberg foothills. Surveys are urgently needed to relocate surviving subpopulations so that their conservation can be secured.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Moraea unibracteata GoldblattVU B1ab(ii,iii,iv,v)2015.1
Moraea unibracteata GoldblattNT B1ab(ii,iii,iv,v)Raimondo et al. (2009)
Moraea unibracteata GoldblattLower Risk - Near Threatened Scott-Shaw (1999)
Moraea unibracteata GoldblattIndeterminate Hilton-Taylor (1996)

Goldblatt, P. 1973. Contributions to the knowledge of Moraea (Iridaceae) in the summer rainfall region of South Africa. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 60(2):204-259.

Goldblatt, P. 1986. The Moraeas of Southern Africa: a systematic monograph of the genus in South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Transkei, Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. Annals of Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens 14:1-224. National Botanic Gardens in association with the Missouri Botanical Garden, USA, 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.

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

Scott-Shaw, C.R., Mtshali, H. & von Staden, L. 2015. Moraea unibracteata Goldblatt. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2022/05/18

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