Scientific Name
Moraea longiaristata Goldblatt
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Critically Endangered B1ab(iii,v)+2ab(iii,v); C2a(i)
Assessment Date
P. Goldblatt, D. Raimondo, N.A. Helme & R.C. Turner
Known from one location, with a severe threat of alien plant invasion. Eighty plants were recorded at two subpopulations in 2005 and 2007.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Caledon Swartberg.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Western Ruens Shale Renosterveld, Overberg Sandstone Fynbos, Greyton Shale Fynbos, Western Coastal Shale Band Vegetation
Lower to middle altitude slopes in stony, sandstone-derived soil.
The Caledon Swartberg is densely invaded by alien plants, which have caused extensive decline and degradation of the natural vegetation. Very little alien clearing has taken place and private landowners often refuse to do clearing, with the result that cleared areas are quickly reinvaded.

Moraea longiaristata was once common on the Caledon Swartberg. However, only two subpopulations are known to remain, one consisting of between 10 and 50 mature individuals, the other of about 30 plants.

Population trend
No remaining plants are protected in any formally protected areas.
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Moraea longiaristata GoldblattCR B1ab(iii,v)+2ab(iii,v); C2a(i)Raimondo et al. (2009)
Moraea longiaristata GoldblattVulnerable Hilton-Taylor (1996)

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.

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

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.

Goldblatt, P., Raimondo, D., Helme, N.A. & Turner, R.C. 2007. Moraea longiaristata Goldblatt. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2022/05/18

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