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Widdringtonia nodiflora

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA PINOPSIDA PINALES CUPRESSACEAE

Scientific Name: Widdringtonia nodiflora
Species Authority: (L.) Powrie
Common Name/s:
English Mountain Cypress, Cape Cypress
Synonym/s:
Brunia nodiflora L.
Widdringtonia cupressoides (L.) Endl.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2011-07-12
Assessor/s: Farjon, A.
Reviewer/s: Thomas, P.
Justification:
Widdringtonia nodiflora is widespread in southern Africa. No specific threats have been identified and no declines recorded. Therefore it is assessed as Least Concern.
History:
2007 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Recorded from southern Africa: Malawi (Mt. Mulanje), W Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Occurs in mountainous areas from S Malawi to the Cape. The extent of occurrence is in excess of 20,000 km2 and it is known from more than 10 locations. No estimates of its area of occupancy are available.
Countries:
Native:
Malawi; Mozambique; South Africa (Eastern Cape Province, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga, Western Cape); Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: This species is common in at least some parts of its range.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Predominantly in cool and wet mountain fynbos, often in rocky outcrops and among boulders on summits, or in montane grassland often near streams, and in canyon woodland ('kloofbos'), accompanied by numerous fynbos genera (e.g. Leucadendron, Leucospermum, Metrosideros, Protea, Restio) or Pteridium, Myrica pilulifera and Poaceae, or forming pure stands. The altitude ranges from 100 m to 2,590 m a.s.l. Soils are nutrient-poor, acidic, derived mostly from granite, quarzite or sandstone. The climate varies from Mediterranean in the Cape region to subtropical with summer rains and tropical montane in Malawi. Unlike other members of its genus, this species is capable of coppicing: it resprouts after fire. It is common in fire-prone heathlands (Smith and Tainton 1985).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This widespread species, which is capable of coppicing after above-ground destruction (fire), is not threatened with extinction

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is recorded from numerous protected areas.
Citation: Farjon, A. 2013. Widdringtonia nodiflora. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 20 April 2014.
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