Scientific Name
Sisyranthus huttoniae (S.Moore) S.Moore
Higher Classification
Schizoglossum huttoniae S.Moore
National Status
Status and Criteria
Least Concern
Assessment Date
L. von Staden
A widespread (EOO 56 448 km²) and still relatively common species in spite of extensive, ongoing habitat loss across its range.
Not endemic to South Africa
Provincial distribution
KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga
Mpumalanga Escarpment from Lydenburg to the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and the Drakensberg foothills. It also occurs in Swaziland.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Midlands Mistbelt Grassland, KaNgwane Montane Grassland, Paulpietersburg Moist Grassland, Eastern Highveld Grassland, Wakkerstroom Montane Grassland, Mooi River Highland Grassland, Drakensberg Foothill Moist Grassland, Northern Zululand Mistbelt Grassland, Long Tom Pass Montane Grassland, Northern Escarpment Quartzite Sourveld, Barberton Montane Grassland, Northern Drakensberg Highland Grassland
Mistbelt and montane grassland.
This species has lost habitat to timber plantations in the past, but plantations are no longer significantly expanding. It continues to decline due to urban development and agricultural expansion in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, and mining in Mpumalanga.

A widespread, but rarely recorded species known from 15 to 20 locations. Plants are however cryptic, and it is very likely overlooked and more common than records suggest. Landcover changes between 1990 and 2014 indicate ongoing habitat loss at five known locations, from which continuing population decline is inferred.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Sisyranthus huttoniae (S.Moore) S.MooreLeast Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)

Brown, N.E. 1909. Asclepiadeae. In: W.T. Thiselton-Dyer (ed). Flora Capensis IV Section I (Vacciniaceae to Gentianeae):518-1036. Lovell Reeve & Co., Ltd., London.

Compton, R.H. 1976. The flora of Swaziland. Journal of South African Botany Supplement 11:259-264.

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.

Retief, E. and Herman, P.P.J. 1997. Plants of the northern provinces of South Africa: keys and diagnostic characters. Strelitzia 6. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

von Staden, L. 2018. Sisyranthus huttoniae (S.Moore) S.Moore. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2022/05/16

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