Tag Archives: Eastern Cape

Cyclopia filiformis Kies

Filiform Honeybush (Cyclopia filiformis)

The Filiform Honeybush was described in 1951 on the basis of the type material that had been collected in 1897; the species was restricted to coastal fynbos at the banks of the Van Stadens River in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.

The species has never been found since then, deforestation and alien plant invasions have likely led to this species’ extinction.


The photo below shows a superficially quite similar, congeneric species, the Long-leaved Cyclopia (Cyclopia longifolia Vogel), which is also known to occur in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. 


Long-leaved Cyclopia (Cyclopia longifolia)

Photo: Nicholas Galuszynski


edited: 01.03.2024

Xysmalobium baurii N. E. Br.

Baur’s Xysmalobium (Xysmalobium baurii)

Baur’s Xysmalobium was described in 1907, it is known from a single collection that was made in 1890 where today is the city of Bizana in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. 

The former habitat of the species is now transformed for subsistence agriculture or is severely overgrazed or otherwise destroyed, it was never relocated since its description and is therefore considered extinct.


edited: 16.05.2019

Alepidea multisecta B. L. Burtt

Slit-leaved Alepidea (Alepidea multisecta)  

The slit-leaved Alepidea is only known from the type material that was collected in 1910 at Gaika’s Kop, a 1963 m high, isolated elevation in the Amathole Mountains in the South African Eastern Cape Province.  

Various searches for the species have failed and it must be considered likely extinct.


edited: 30.04.2021

Acilacris furcatus Naskrecki

Mount Coke False Shieldback (Acilacris furcatus)

The Mount Coke False Shieldback was described in 1996 based on specimens that had been collected in 1965; the species was restricted to a single, small locality in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.

The species was not found since its discovery and might be extinct.


edited: 17.11.2021