Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Ornithogalum corticatum Mart.-Azorín
Higher Classification
Monocotyledons
Family
HYACINTHACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Least Concern
Assessment Date
2016/11/16
Assessor(s)
L. von Staden
Justification
A range-restricted (EOO 1516 km²), but locally abundant species that is not threatened.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Northern Cape, Western Cape
Range
Roggeveld Escarpment.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Fynbos, Succulent Karoo
Description
Heavy clay soils derived from dolerite.
Threats
The Roggeveld is severely overgrazed, which has led to the near extinction of some endemics. Many Ornithogalum species of the subgenus Aspasia are however poisonous to stock, and thrive under mild disturbance (Manning et al. 2007), which means that grazing has probably favoured this species and may explain why it is so abundant.
Population

Locally extremely common, with dense colonies of thousands of plants covering large areas of the Roggeveld Escarpment.


Population trend
Stable
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Ornithogalum corticatum Mart.-AzorínLeast Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)
Bibliography

Manning, J.C., Martínez-Azorín, M. and Crespo, M.B. 2007. A revision of Ornithogalum subgenus Aspasia section Aspasia, the chincherinchees (Hyacinthaceae). Bothalia 37(2):133-164.


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.


Snijman, D.A. 2013. Plants of the Greater Cape Floristic Region 2: The extra Cape flora. Strelitzia 30. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.


Citation
von Staden, L. 2016. Ornithogalum corticatum Mart.-Azorín. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2022/05/20

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