Asclepias woodii

South Africa has a significant number of the world's plant species and is the only country that has its own plant kingdom and three of the world’s Biodiversity Hotspots. Of the more than 20 000 plant species in South Africa, 13% are threatened with extinction and a further 11% are considered of conservation concern because they are near threatened, data deficient or rare endemics. This means that 1 in 4 of South Africa's plants are of conservation concern. 

The CREW (Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers) programme, jointly implemented by the Botanical Society of South Africa (BotSoc) and SANBI, creates awareness of threatened plant species in South Africa by involving volunteer plant enthusiasts to conserve and manage the habitats where these plants occur.  For many species there is no recent information about the populations in the wild and new data is used to update the Red List of South African Plants. Learn more about CREW by clicking here.

The Midlands CREW group arranges fieldtrips to local areas of biodiversity significance to search for specific plants. While you might not be able to join all the excursions, you can make a contribution by keeping a look out for key species.

The MCF blogsite features Threatened Plants which occur in our region, at the time when they are likely to be flowering. If you have seen any of these plants, please contact the CREW programme: KZN node manager, Suvarna Parbhoo by e-mail here.