Cyclopia laxiflora Benth.



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Cyclopia subternata Vogel var. laxiflora (Benth.) Kies; Cyclopia vogelii Harv. (in part); Cyclopia vogelii Harv. var. laxiflora (Benth.) Harv.


Conservation Status

Missing? Listed as extinct by (Hilton-Taylor, 1996b:180); listed as rediscovered by (Humphreys et al., 2019)

Last record: Late 1800's



Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape Province, South Africa


Biology & Ecology










Goldblatt, P. and Manning, J.C. 2000. Cape Plants: A conspectus of the Cape Flora of South Africa. Strelitzia 9. National Botanical Institute, Cape Town.

Harvey, W.H. 1861. Leguminosae. In: W.H. Harvey and O.W. Sonder (eds). Flora Capensis II (Leguminosae to Loranthaceae):1-285. Hodges, Smith and Co., Dublin.

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

Hilton-Taylor, Craig. (1996b). Red Data List of southern African plants. 1. corrections and additions. Bothalia - African Biodiversity and Conservation 26(2): 177-182.

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]

Kies, P. 1951. Revision of the genus Cyclopia and notes on some other sources of bush tea. Bothalia 6:161-176.

Le Roux, Johannes J., Hui, C., Castillo, M. L., Iriondo, J. M., Keet, J.-H., Khapugin, A. A., Médail, F., Rejmánek, M., Theron, G. Yannelli, F. A. and Hirsch, H. (2019). Recent Anthropogenic Plant Extinctions Differ in Biodiversity Hotspots and Coldspots. Current Biology 29(17): 2912-2918.e2.

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.

Schutte, A.L. 1997. Systematics of the genus Cyclopia Vent. (Fabaceae, Podalyrieae). Edinburgh Journal of Botany 54(2):125-170.

Schutte-Vlok, A.L. & von Staden, L. 2011. Cyclopia laxiflora Benth. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2017/06/03

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