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Leucadendron argenteum

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA PROTEALES PROTEACEAE

Scientific Name: Leucadendron argenteum
Species Authority: (L.) R.Br.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 2.3
Year Published: 1998
Date Assessed: 1998-01-01
Annotations:
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Hilton-Taylor, C. <i>et al.</i>
History:
1997 Rare (Walter and Gillett 1998)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Scattered subpopulations are known from the slopes of Table Mt from Lion's Head to Orange Kloof, Cape Peninsula. There are also several subpopulations, which have probably been planted, including those on the Helderberg, Simonsberg and Paarl Mt These are excluded from the evaluation.
Countries:
Native:
South Africa (Western Cape)
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Population [top]

Population: Population counts indicate that there are more than 10,000 mature individuals.

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species grows on moist, usually south-facing slopes, on granite clays in Mountain Fynbos and on the margins of Afromontane forest patches.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The expansion of Cape Town and the establishment of tree plantations continue to cause reductions in population numbers. There is also concern in the mixing of genetic pools by the extensive planting of the species and increased fire frequency in some areas. Only about 10% of the subpopulations are considered to be viable and are showing signs of active recruitment at present. All protected area populations suffer from invasions by alien plant species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Almost half of the entire population occurs within protected areas. Alien eradication programmes are in place.

Citation: Hilton-Taylor, C. et al. 1998. Leucadendron argenteum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 02 September 2014.
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