Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Moraea namaquamontana Goldblatt
Higher Classification
Monocotyledons
Family
IRIDACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Vulnerable D2
Assessment Date
2015/05/23
Assessor(s)
P. Goldblatt & D. Raimondo
Justification
Occurs on one mountain range (EOO 87 km²). It is rarely recorded because it only flowers after good rains, and potentially threatened by habitat degradation due to overgrazing.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Northern Cape
Range
Richtersveld, Stinkfontein Mountains.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Central Richtersveld Mountain Shrubland, Stinkfonteinberge Quartzite Fynbos
Description
Stony ground in full sun, on south-facing slopes, at altitudes above 1000 m.
Threats
This species is localized to the central Richtersveld mountains, where grazing pressure is currently low. However, as rangelands on the plains and closer to settlements are becoming increasingly degraded, herders are starting to move their livestock into the mountains in search of grazing. This species is potentially vulnerable to habitat degradation, should grazing pressure increase in future.
Population
Population trend
Stable
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Moraea namaquamontana GoldblattVU D22015.1
Moraea namaquamontana GoldblattRare Raimondo et al. (2009)
Moraea namaquamontana GoldblattRare Hilton-Taylor (1996)
Bibliography

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.


Hilton-Taylor, C. Unpublished. Succulent Karoo Red Data List (version 1997 - in preparation). SANBI.


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
Goldblatt, P. & Raimondo, D. 2015. Moraea namaquamontana Goldblatt. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2022/05/18

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