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Conophytum minusculum subsp. leipoldtii

Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Conophytum minusculum (N.E.Br.) N.E.Br. subsp. leipoldtii (N.E.Br.) S.A.Hammer
Higher Classification
Dicotyledons
Family
AIZOACEAE
Synonyms
Conophytum leipoldtii N.E.Br.
National Status
Status and Criteria
Rare
Assessment Date
2015/06/10
Assessor(s)
A.J. Young
Justification
A range-restricted taxon (EOO 27 km²) that is not threatened.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Range
Clanwilliam.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Graafwater Sandstone Fynbos, Citrusdal Vygieveld
Description
Crevices in weathered quartzitic sandstone.
Threats
Sandstone fynbos around known subpopulations of this taxon are being rapidly ploughed up for rooibos tea cultivation - crop fields are often within tens of meters of subpopulations. This taxon however occurs wedged in crevices in sandstone outcrops that are unsuitable to cultivation, and ploughing has had little or no impact on the population. The indirect impacts of agricultural activities such as herbicide and fertilizer drift are not known.
Population

This taxon is locally abundant, with the population estimated to be 5000-10 000 mature individuals. It is not declining.


Population trend
Stable
Citation
Young, A.J. 2015. Conophytum minusculum (N.E.Br.) N.E.Br. subsp. leipoldtii (N.E.Br.) S.A.Hammer. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2019/12/06

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