Scientific Name
Silene mundiana Eckl. & Zeyh.
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Data Deficient - Insufficient Information
Assessment Date
L. von Staden
A poorly known species that is possibly threatened, but with available data, its risk of extinction cannot be assessed at present.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Plettenberg Bay and De Hoop Nature Reserve.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Margins of seasonal wetlands in limestone outcrops near the coast.
This species is possibly extinct at the type locality due to habitat loss to coastal development, and if it occurs elsewhere along the coast between De Hoop and Plettenberg Bay, it is likely to be declining due to ongoing habitat loss to rapidly expanding coastal development, especially along the Garden Route. At De Hoop, it is potentially threatened by competition from alien invasive plants, which requires ongoing clearing and management. Areas outside the reserve remain densely infested with unmanaged alien invasive plants, and is likely to be a threat to undiscovered subpopulations.

This species remains very poorly known. It was originally collected at an unknown locality near Plettenberg Bay, but has not been relocated in this area and is possibly locally extinct due to habitat loss to coastal development. The only other known subpopulation is more than 200 km to the west, is protected in De Hoop Nature Reserve, where this species is locally common. It has not been recorded in the fairly well-surveyed intervening coastal areas, but is possibly overlooked. If it occurs in these areas, it is likely to be threatened, but an accurate estimate of the size and extent of the population cannot be made at present.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Silene mundiana Eckl. & Zeyh.Data Deficient 2014.1
Silene mundiana Eckl. & Zeyh.Threatened 2013.1
Silene mundiana Eckl. & Zeyh.Threatened Raimondo et al. (2009)

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.

Manning, J.C. and Goldblatt, P. 2012. A taxonomic revision of the southern African native and naturalized species of Silene L. (Caryophyllaceae). Bothalia 42(2):147-186.

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. 2014. Silene mundiana Eckl. & Zeyh. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2022/05/22

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