Scientific Name
Erica trichophylla Benth.
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Endangered B1ab(iii,v)+2ab(iii,v)
Assessment Date
L. von Staden & N.A. Helme
Erica trichophylla is a highly localized species, with an extent of occurrence (EOO) of 45 km². It is known from two locations and is threatened by rapidly spreading, unmanaged alien invasive plants.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
This species is endemic to the Riviersonderend Mountains in the Western Cape.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
South Sonderend Sandstone Fynbos
It occurs on middle to upper slopes in montane sandstone fynbos.
Escaped pine seedlings from commercial timber plantations on the lower south slopes of the Riviersonderend Mountains have spread rapidly, as well as significantly increased in density over the past 15 years, and in some places there is now 100% cover. Pines are now present within one of the subpopulations, and is likely to spread to the second subpopulation in the near future.

This is a locally abundant species, known from two subpopulations within a small area. The threat of competition from alien invasive pines is increasing, and the population needs to be monitored - it is very likely to continue to decline if pines are not cleared urgently.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Erica trichophylla Benth.VU D2Raimondo et al. (2009)
Erica trichophylla Benth.Insufficiently Known Hilton-Taylor (1996)
Erica trichophylla Benth.Uncertain Hall et al. (1980)

Bolus, H., Guthrie, F. and Brown, N.E. 1909. Ericaceae. In: W.T. Thiselton-Dyer (ed). Flora Capensis IV Section I (Vacciniaceae to Gentianeae):2-418. Lovell Reeve & Co., Ltd., London.

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.

Hall, A.V., De Winter, M., De Winter, B. and Van Oosterhout, S.A.M. 1980. Threatened plants of southern Africa. South African National Scienctific Programmes Report 45. CSIR, Pretoria.

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.

von Staden, L. & Helme, N.A. 2018. Erica trichophylla Benth. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2022/01/19

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