Fine-leaf Spoon

Scientific Name
Spatalla barbigera Salisb. ex Knight
Higher Classification
Spatalla burchellii E.Phillips, Spatalla sericea R.Br.
Common Names
Fine-leaf Spoon (e)
National Status
Status and Criteria
Near Threatened B1ab(i)+2ab(i)
Assessment Date
A.G. Rebelo, H. Mtshali & L. von Staden
EOO 1936 km², AOO 108 km², continuing decline due to alien plant invasion and groundwater extraction, but more than 10 locations still remain.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Eastern Langeberg to Outeniqua Mountains and Swartberg.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
South Swartberg Sandstone Fynbos, North Swartberg Sandstone Fynbos, South Outeniqua Sandstone Fynbos, North Outeniqua Sandstone Fynbos, South Langeberg Sandstone Fynbos
High altitudes in sandstone fynbos on the Swartberg range and low altitudes in sandstone fynbos on the Outeniqua range. Mature individuals are killed by fires, and only seeds survive. Seeds are relased after ripening, and dispersed by ants to their underground nests, where they are protected from predation and fire. It is pollinated by insects.
Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Spatalla barbigera Salisb. ex KnightNT B1ab(i)+2ab(i)Raimondo et al. (2009)
Spatalla barbigera Salisb. ex KnightRare 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.

Vlok, J. and Schutte-Vlok, A.L. 2010. Plants of the Klein Karoo. Umdaus Press, Hatfield.

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

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Distribution map

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