Silver-leaf Spoon

Scientific Name
Spatalla argentea Rourke
Higher Classification
Common Names
Silver-leaf Spoon (e)
National Status
Status and Criteria
Endangered B1ac(iv)+2ac(iv)
Assessment Date
A.G. Rebelo, H. Mtshali & L. von Staden
EOO 12 km², AOO 14 km², fire-related population fluctuations occur at two known locations. Potentially threatened by alien hakea invasion and expanding fruit orchards.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Riviersonderend Mountains, Jonaskop.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
North Sonderend Sandstone Fynbos
It occurs in sandy patches among boulders on dry north-facing slopes in sandstone fynbos, 800-1600 m. Mature individuals are killed by fires, and only seeds survive. Seeds are released after ripening, and dispersed by ants to their underground nests, where they are protected from predation and fire. It is pollinated by insects.
Unmanaged alien invasive plants (Hakea) are spreading into this species habitat. The second largest subpopulation is likely to be affected by agriculture as it is in the habitat suitable for fruit and protea orchard.

This species is known from two subpopulations occurring 10 km apart at Wolfieskop and Jonaskop. The largest is at Wolfieskop with several hundred plants.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Spatalla argentea RourkeEN B1ac(iv)+2ac(iv)Raimondo et al. (2009)
Spatalla argentea RourkeRare Hilton-Taylor (1996)

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.

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

Rebelo, T. 2001. Sasol Proteas: A field guide to the proteas of southern Africa. (2nd ed.). Fernwood Press, Vlaeberg, Cape Town.

Rebelo, A.G., Mtshali, H. & von Staden, L. 2019. Spatalla argentea Rourke. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2022/05/17

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