Scientific Name
Schoenoplectus decipiens (Nees) J.Raynal
Higher Classification
Isolepis decipiens Nees, Scirpus paludicola Kunth forma decipiens (Nees) C.B.Clarke
National Status
Status and Criteria
Least Concern
Assessment Date
H. Mtshali, F. Cholo & W. Foden
Schoenoplectus decipiens is a widespread and common species that is not in danger of extinction.
Not endemic to South Africa
Provincial distribution
Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, North West, Western Cape
This species is widespread in South Africa, from Riversdale to Polokwane in northern Limpopo. Also occurs in Botswana and Lesotho.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Fynbos, Grassland, Nama Karoo, Savanna
It occurs in vleis, seepage areas and margins of pools. Altitude 5-2350 m.
Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Schoenoplectus decipiens (Nees) J.RaynalLeast Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)

Cook, C.D.K. 2004. Aquatic and wetland plants of southern Africa. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands.

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.

Gordon-Gray, K.D. 1995. Cyperaceae in Natal. Strelitzia 2:1-218. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Manning, J.C. and Goldblatt, P. 2012. Plants of the Greater Cape Floristic Region 1: The Core Cape Flora. Strelitzia 29. South African National Biodiversity 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.

Raynal, J. 1976. Notes cypérologiques: 25. Le genere Schoenoplectus I. Sur quelques espéces sud-africaines. Adansonia Série 2 15:537-542.

Sieben, E.J.J. 2009. The status and distribution of vascular plants (Magnoliophyta, Lycophyta, Pteridophyta). In: W.R.T. Darwall, K.G. Smith, D. Tweddle and P. Skelton (eds.), The status and distribution of freshwater biodiversity in southern Africa (pp. 83-98), IUCN and SAIAB, Gland, Switzerland and Grahamstown, South Africa.

Mtshali, H., Cholo, F. & Foden, W. 2017. Schoenoplectus decipiens (Nees) J.Raynal. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2022/05/22

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