Kniphofia pauciflora Baker

Racecourse lilly



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Kniphofia pedicellata Baker; Kniphophia pauciflora (orth. error used by Humphreys et al., 2019:Supplementary Dataset 1)


Conservation Status

Last record: mid-1990's

Rediscovered in 2003


Formerly considered extinct in the wild, with plants in propagation, it was rediscovered at Clairwood Racecourse in 2003.



Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


Biology & Ecology










Baijnath, H. 1992. Kniphofia leucocephala (Asphodelaceae): a new white-flowered red-hot poker from South Africa. South African Journal of Botany 58(6): 482-485.

Codd, L.E. 1989. Kniphofia pauciflora. Flowering Plants of Africa 50(2):t.1995.

Codd, L.E. 2005. Asphodelaceae (First part): Kniphofia. In: G. Germishuizen and B.A. Momberg (eds). Flora of southern Africa 5 Part 1, Fascicle 2:1-91. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.

Codd, L.E.W. 1969. The South African species of Kniphofia (Liliaceae). Bothalia 9:363-513.

Hall, A.V., De Winter, M., De Winter, B. and Van Oosterhout, S.A.M. 1980. Threatened plants of southern Africa. South African National Scienctific Programmes Report 45. CSIR, Pretoria.

Hilton-Taylor, C. 1996. Red data list of southern African plants. Strelitzia 4. South African National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Humphreys, Aelys M., Govaerts, Rafaël, Ficinski, Sarah Z., Lughadha, Eimear Nic and Vorontsova, Maria S. (2019). Global dataset shows geography and life form predict modern plant extinction and rediscovery. Nature Ecology & Evolution 3: 1043-1047. [Abstract] [Supplementary Dataset 1]

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.

Scott-Shaw, C.R. 1999. Rare and threatened plants of KwaZulu-Natal and neighbouring regions. KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation Service, Pietermaritzburg.

Scott-Shaw, C.R., Johnson, I.M. & von Staden, L. 2007. Kniphofia pauciflora Baker. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2017/06/07.

Walter, Kerry S. and Gillett, Harriet J. (eds.). (1998). 1997 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants. Compiled by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Gland, Switzerland & Cambridge, UK: IUCN – The World Conservation Union. lxiv + 862 pp.


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