Scientific Name
Lachenalia marginata W.F.Barker subsp. neglecta Schltr. ex G.D.Duncan
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Endangered B1ab(ii,iii,v)
Assessment Date
G.D. Duncan & H. Mtshali
This taxon has a narrow distribution range, with an extent of occurrence (EOO) of 31 km². It is known from only two locations, and declining due to ongoing habitat loss to crop cultivation.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
This taxon is endemic to a small area in the Western Cape, where it occurs in the Olifants River Valley around Clanwilliam.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Graafwater Sandstone Fynbos
It occurs in deep sandy soils on flats at low-lying areas. Mature fruits split open and the seeds are dispersed by wind over a large area. Pollinators are not known, but it is likely to be pollinated by bees due its sweetly-scented flowers.
It is threatened by ongoing habitat loss to agricultural expansion, particularly the cultivation of rooibos tea and citrus. Recent road upgrades to the N7 national road also caused extensive damage to roadside fynbos fragments where many rare and threatened species that have lost habitat to agricultural expansion were finding refuge.

This taxon is a local endemic that is rare in its range. It is only known from two locations from old records, and field surveys are needed to gain a better understanding of the size and structure of the population. A continuing decline is inferred from severe ongoing habitat loss across its range.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Lachenalia marginata W.F.Barker subsp. neglecta Schltr. ex G.D.DuncanLeast Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)

Duncan, G. 1996. Four new species and one new subspecies of Lachenalia (Hyacinthaceae) from arid areas of South Africa. Bothalia 26(1):1-9.

Duncan, G.D. 2012. The genus Lachenalia. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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.

Duncan, G.D. & Mtshali, H. 2019. Lachenalia marginata W.F.Barker subsp. neglecta Schltr. ex G.D.Duncan. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2023/11/28

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