Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Conophytum pubicalyx Lavis
Higher Classification
Dicotyledons
Family
AIZOACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Vulnerable B1ab(v)+2ab(v)
Assessment Date
2020/02/06
Assessor(s)
A.J. Young & D. Raimondo
Justification
A range-restricted species endemic to the Namaqualand region of South Africa. It has an extent of occurrence (EOO) of 412 km² and an area of occupancy (AOO) of 28 km². Known from six locations it is declining due to illegal collecting for the succulent horticultural trade.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Northern Cape
Range
Eastern Kamiesberg north of Kliprand.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Fynbos, Succulent Karoo
Description
Flat patches of fine quartz rubble.
Threats
There has been a significant increase in demand for Conophytums coming from Asian countries since March 2019 this taxon is popular in cultivation and is experiencing ongoing decline due to illegal collection.
Population

This species is locally abundant in suitable habitat. Population size likely to be well in excess of 2 000 plants, however the population is declining as a result of illegal collecting. The rate of decline is not known.


Population trend
Decreasing
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Conophytum pubicalyx LavisRare 2017.1
Conophytum pubicalyx LavisLeast Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)
Bibliography

Bolus, H.M.L. 1928-1935. Notes on Mesembrianthemum and allied genera. Part II. Bolus Herbarium, University of Cape Town, Cape Town.


Hammer, S. 2002. Dumpling and his wife: New view of the genus Conophytum. EAE Creative Colour, Norwich.


Raimondo, D., von Staden, L., Foden, W., Victor, J.E., Helme, N.A., Turner, R.C., Kamundi, D.A. and Manyama, P.A. 2009. Red List of South African Plants. Strelitzia 25. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.


Snijman, D.A. 2013. Plants of the Greater Cape Floristic Region 2: The extra Cape flora. Strelitzia 30. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.


Citation
Young, A.J. & Raimondo, D. 2020. Conophytum pubicalyx Lavis. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2020/10/25

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