Scientific Name
Moraea bubalina Goldblatt
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Least Concern
Assessment Date
L. von Staden
A range-restricted (EOO 1012 km²) species, currently known from four locations, but likely to be overlooked and more common than records suggest. It has no severe threats and is not suspected to be in danger of extinction.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Northern Cape, Western Cape
Vanrhynsdorp to the southern Bokkeveld Escarpment.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Tanqua Karoo, Hantam Karoo, Klawer Sandy Shrubland, Vanrhynsdorp Gannabosveld
Clay gravel flats and on slopes.
Historically, about 18% of this species' habitat has been ploughed for crop cultivation. Land cover data however show no significant ongoing expansion of crop fields - the area where it occurs is only marginally suited to agriculture.

This species is known from only a few collections, but field observations indicate that it is fairly common within the Vanrhynsdorp, Calvinia and Clanwilliam districts. It is probably overlooked as flowers open only in the late afternoon and have a dull, inconspicuous colour (Goldblatt 1976).

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Moraea bubalina GoldblattLeast Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)

Goldblatt, P. 1976. The genus Moraea in the winter rainfall region of southern Africa. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 63(4):657-786.

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.

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.

von Staden, L. 2018. Moraea bubalina Goldblatt. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2022/05/18

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