|Scientific Name:||Widdringtonia nodiflora|
|Species Authority:||(L.) Powrie|
Brunia nodiflora L.
Widdringtonia cupressoides (L.) Endl.
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
Widdringtonia nodiflora is widespread in southern Africa. No specific threats have been identified and no declines recorded. Therefore it is assessed as Least Concern.
|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.|
Native:Malawi; Mozambique; South Africa (Eastern Cape Province, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga, Western Cape); Zimbabwe
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|Population:||This species is common in at least some parts of its range.|
|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).|
|Use and Trade:||No commercial uses have been recorded for this species. It may be readily coppiced and is probably used for firewood locally. Its only horticultural use seems to be limited to plantings in botanic gardens; under glass where frost occurs and outdoors in regions with a mild climate. It is suitable for planting in countries with a Mediterranean climate (and is planted in California) and should be used more often, provided it has first been assessed and found not likely to become invasive|
|Major Threat(s):||This widespread species, which is capable of coppicing after above-ground destruction (fire), is not threatened with extinction|
|Conservation Actions:||This species is recorded from numerous protected areas.|
|Citation:||Farjon, A. 2013. Widdringtonia nodiflora. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 22 August 2014.|
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