Liparia graminifolia L.

Grass Mountain pea



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Borbonia graminifolia (L.) Lam.; Priestleya graminifolia (L.) DC.


Conservation Status

Extinct (Hilton-Taylor, 1996:180; Albani Rocchetti et al., 2022)

Last record: 1829 (Hilton-Taylor, 1996:180)


This species has been identified as one of the 50 best candidates for de-extinction, ranking 31/50 (Albani Rocchetti et al., 2022).



Cape Town, South Africa


Biology & Ecology










Albani Rocchetti, G., Carta, A., Mondoni, A. et al. (2022). Selecting the best candidates for resurrecting extinct-in-the-wild plants from herbaria. Nature Plants 8: 1385-1393. [Supplementary Tables S1-S6]

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.

Helme, N.A. and Trinder-Smith, T.H. 2006. The endemic flora of the Cape Peninsula, South Africa. South African Journal of Botany 72(2):205-210.

Hilton-Taylor, Craig. (1996). 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]

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 Liparia (Fabaceae). Nordic Journal of Botany 17(1):11-37.

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