Waxy Currant

Scientific Name
Searsia lucida (L.) F.A.Barkley
Higher Classification
Common Names
Blinktaaibos (a), Waxy Currant (e)
National Status
Status and Criteria
Least Concern
Assessment Date
L. von Staden
Widespread and not in danger of extinction.
Not endemic to South Africa
Provincial distribution
Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Western Cape
Widespread across eastern South Africa, from northern Limpopo Province southwards through Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal to the Cape Peninsula, and northwards to the Sandveld around Paleisheuwel.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Albany Thicket, Forest, Fynbos, Indian Ocean Coastal Belt, Savanna
Scrub forest, forest margins, wooded hillsides, coastal dunes and sandy flats in fynbos.
Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Searsia lucida (L.) F.A.BarkleyLeast Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)

Boon, R. 2010. Pooley's Trees of eastern South Africa. Flora and Fauna Publications Trust, Durban.

Fernandes, R. and Fernandes, A. 1966. Anacardiaceae. In: A.W. Exell, A. Fernandes and H. Wild (eds). Flora Zambesiaca 2 (Part 2):550-615. Crown Agents for Oversea Governments and Administrations, London.

Manning, J.C. and Goldblatt, P. 2012. Plants of the Greater Cape Floristic Region 1: The Core Cape Flora. Strelitzia 29. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.

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.

Moffett, R.O. 2007. Name changes in the Old World Rhus and recognition of Searsia (Anacardiaceae). Bothalia 37(2):165-175.

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.

Schmidt, E., Lotter, M. and McCleland, W. 2002. Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park. Jacana, Johannesburg.

von Staden, L. 2018. Searsia lucida (L.) F.A.Barkley. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2022/05/24

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