Bramble Currant

Scientific Name
Searsia batophylla (Codd) Moffett
Higher Classification
Rhus batophylla Codd
Common Names
Bramble Currant (e)
National Status
Status and Criteria
Vulnerable A2c
Assessment Date
M. Lötter, J.E. Burrows & L. von Staden
It has a restricted range (EOO 945 km²), but is locally common (at least 26 known subpopulations). There has been extensive transformation of its habitat by mining, human settlements and land degradation due to overgrazing. We estimate a 30% decline of the population in the last three generations (90-150 years) based on a 32% loss of habitat.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Sekhukhune Mountain Bushveld, Sekhukhune Plains Bushveld, Ohrigstad Mountain Bushveld
Dry bushveld, in low-lying areas and along watercourses, 650-975 m.
Sekhukhuneland is rich in minerals, and habitats in this area are severely threatened by destruction as a result of both the mines themselves, as well as associated sprawling informal settlements and overgrazed communally owned rangelands of communities dependant on the mines. Mining in this area started as early as the 1870s (Etherington 1979), and recently there has been a renewed interest in mining as a result of changing mining laws making it easier to obtain prospecting and mining rights. This species sometimes occurs in degraded systems (R.H. Archer pers. comm.), however heavy grazing by goats leads to severe stunted growth (Moffett 1993) and may lead to poor recruitment.
Population trend
Not currently conserved in any formally protected area.
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Searsia batophylla (Codd) MoffettVU A2cRaimondo et al. (2009)
Rhus batophylla CoddRare Hilton-Taylor (1996)
Rhus batophylla CoddUncertain Hall et al. (1980)

Codd, L.E.W. 1956. Anacardiaceae: Rhus batophylla. Bothalia 6:539-540.

Hall, A.V., De Winter, M., De Winter, B. and Van Oosterhout, S.A.M. 1980. Threatened plants of southern Africa. South African National Scienctific Programmes Report 45. CSIR, Pretoria.

Hilton-Taylor, C. 1996. Red data list of southern African plants. Strelitzia 4. South African National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Moffett, R.O. 1990. A taxonomic study of Rhus (Anacardiaceae) in Southern Africa. Unpublished PhD Thesis., University of Stellenbosch.

Moffett, R.O. 1993. Rhus. In: O.A. Leistner (ed). Flora of southern Africa 19 Part 3: Anacardiaceae, Fascicle 1:1-129. National Botanical 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.

Lötter, M., Burrows, J.E. & von Staden, L. 2006. Searsia batophylla (Codd) Moffett. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2022/05/24

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