Polhillia ignota Boatwr., 2010

Whocares syrupbush



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1928

Rediscovered on 9 September 2016 (source)


The rediscovered population consisted of 13 plants.



Porterville and Saldanha (Bay), Western Cape Province, South Australia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Boatwright, J. S. (2010). A rare new species of Polhillia (Genisteae, Fabaceae). South African Journal of Botany 76(1):142-145.


Other references:

Department of Environmental Affairs. 2011. National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004: National list of ecosystems that are threatened and in need of protection. Government Notice 1002. Government Gazette No 34809, 9 December 2011.

Ebrahim, Ismail, Boatwright, James Stephen and du Preez, Brian. (2017). The rediscovery of Polhillia ignota. Veld & Flora 103(1): 40-41. [Abstract]

Ebrahim, I., Helme, N. A., Raimondo, D. and van der Colff, D. (2016). Polhillia ignota Boatwr. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2017/05/30

Manning, J.C. and Goldblatt, P. 2012. Plants of the Greater Cape Floristic Region 1: The Core Cape Flora. Strelitzia 29. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.

Wild, Sarah. (5 November, 2019). Cape student rediscovers third “extinct” plant species – and expects to find more. Business Insider South Africa, available at: [Accessed 15 August 2020]


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