Scientific Name
Moraea macgregorii Goldblatt
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Assessment Date
D. Raimondo, R.C. Turner & L. von Staden
A localized, but locally abundant species that is not in danger of extinction.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Northern Cape
Flats and lower slopes of the Bokkeveld Escarpment around Vanrhyns Pass.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Succulent Karoo
Dry, stony slopes on renosterveld-succulent karoo transition.
There are no severe threats to this species. The stony, dry slopes where it occurs is unsuited to cultivation, and there are no other known or potential threats to the population.

This species is known from a single, extensive subpopulation of several thousand mature individuals around the foot of Vanrhyns Pass (P. Goldblatt pers. comm. 2006). It is likely that more subpopulations exist in similar, suitable habitat to the north and south of this locality that still remains unexplored (N.A. Helme pers. comm. 2013). Flowers open only in the late afternoon, increasing the likelihood that subpopulations of this species may be overlooked (Goldblatt and Manning 2014). There are no severe threats to this species and therefore the population is not suspected to be declining.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Moraea macgregorii GoldblattRare Raimondo et al. (2009)
Moraea macgregorii GoldblattRare Hilton-Taylor (1996)

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. 2014. Taxonomy of the Moraea saxicola complex (Iridaceae: Iridoideae) of arid, western southern Africa, with the new species, M. acocksii, M. geminifolia, M. quartzicola and M. teretifolia. South African Journal of Botany 91:75-83.

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.

Raimondo, D., Turner, R.C. & von Staden, L. 2016. Moraea macgregorii Goldblatt. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2022/05/18

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