Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Moraea alticola Goldblatt
Higher Classification
Monocotyledons
Family
IRIDACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Least Concern
Assessment Date
2017/09/22
Assessor(s)
L. von Staden
Justification
A widespread endemic to the Drakensberg Alpine Centre of Endemism (EOO 23 876 km²). Its habitat is well-protected and it is not threatened.
Distribution
Endemism
Not endemic to South Africa
Provincial distribution
Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal
Range
KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho and Eastern Cape Drakensberg, from Mont-aux-Sources to Naude's Nek.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Lesotho Highland Basalt Grassland, uKhahlamba Basalt Grassland, Drakensberg Afroalpine Heathland, Drakensberg-Amathole Afromontane Fynbos
Description
Stream gullies, marshy grassland on summit plateaus, 2200-2900 m.
Population

Moraea alticola occurs in large colonies in suitable habitat (Pooley 2003).


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

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.


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.


Citation
von Staden, L. 2017. Moraea alticola Goldblatt. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2022/05/18

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