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Mimetes arboreus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA PROTEALES PROTEACEAE

Scientific Name: Mimetes arboreus
Species Authority: Rourke

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D1+2 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: The species is confined to the Kogelberg range.
Countries:
Native:
South Africa (Western Cape)
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Population [top]

Population: It is usually encountered as single plants, although small subpopulations, never exceeding 100 individuals, are also known. There is a total of approximately 500 mature plants within an area of 10 km² (AOO). Subpopulations may have been more extensive in the past.

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurs on the upper south slopes in seeps growing in wet mountain fynbos.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Subpopulations have declined because of frequent fires, to which the species is susceptible as it is a reseeder and takes eight years to reach maturity. The deliberate exclusion of fire for many years may not have had a totally beneficial effect because periodic fires are needed to ensure recruitment.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: All the present localities are now in a strictly protected conservation area, with a clear management policy which controls the occurrence of fire and presence of alien invasives.

Citation: Hilton-Taylor, C. et al. 1998. Mimetes arboreus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 30 July 2014.
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