Mimetes stokoei is a Critically Endangered species, endemic to Kogelberg Nature Reserve. Thought to have been extinct until its re-discovery in 2001.
Redlist has: “fire-related fluctuations occur in one small subpopulation of about 24 mature individuals of this species…Dormant subpopulations are easily overlooked in surveys.”
Do we need to follow this up or advise kshhh to do so?
Veld & Flora - Redemption : the continuing story of Mimetes stokoei
Author Peter Slingsby and Amida Johns
Source : Veld & Flora, Volume 95, Issue 3, Sep 2009, p. 136 - 139
Fifty-nine years ago, in September 1950, the last flowering Mimetes stokoei of the Twentieth Century withered and died on its lonely mountain top. Less than a dozen people had seen the species alive in the veld since the prolific botanical collector and well-known mountaineer, Thomas Pearson Stokoe, had found it in 1922; five herbarium specimens, two poor paintings and a single colour photograph were all that remained. Against all hope, in 1966 a single lonely seedling appeared, only to be damaged and die in 1969 before it had ever flowered.
© Publisher: Botanical Society of South Africa
Persistent Link : https://hdl.handle.net/10520/EJC113404
Scanned image of the original 1922 specimen from the Kew database
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