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Kniphofia pauciflora

Red-hot poker

About the plant

A South African endemic, this species of red-hot poker was thought to be extinct in the wild. Then a population of 18 plants was discovered in the middle of Clairwood Racecourse, in the city of Durban, South Africa.

  • Not yet evaluated

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • House plant
    Plant makes a good indoor plant in the UK
  • Invertebrate food
    Plant is eaten by native and feral animals
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Facts

  • Grows to 50cm tall
  • Yellow flowers, narrow leaves
  • Native to southern Africa
  • Type specimen is in Kew’s Herbarium
  • Grows best in grassy marshland

Type specimens

At Kew we have a collection of thousands of plant and fungi specimens. A type specimen is the plant specimen, or set of specimens, on which the description and name of a new species is based.

This type specimen was collected by John Medley Wood in 1881 from Clairwood Racecourse in Durban. He also discovered another highlight of the Temperate House Encephalartos woodii, and its name commemorates this fact.

Kniphofia cultivars feature in the monocots borders of the Great Broad Walk Borders
  • Not yet evaluated

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • House plant
    Plant makes a good indoor plant in the UK
  • Invertebrate food
    Plant is eaten by native and feral animals
  • Click on icon to reveal more