Conophytum youngii Rodgerson
Status and Criteria
|Recently discovered species known from a single location (AOO <2 km²), where it is potentially threatened by habitat loss to quarrying.|
|South African endemic|
|Namaqualand near Garies.|
Habitat and Ecology
|Namaqualand Klipkoppe Shrubland|
|Lichen and moss-filled cracks on south-facing sides of granite domes.|
|There are active granite quarries in the vicinity of the type locality, and the population is at risk from habitat loss, should there be expansion of quarrying activities to the granite dome where it occurs.|
This recently discovered species is known from a single, large subpopulation consisting of several thousand individuals. It belongs to a small group of spring-flowering conophytums (most species flower in autumn), which may explain why it has been overlooked until now, despite its habitat being well-explored. It quite likely occurs on other similar granite domes in the area, but thus far, no more subpopulations have been found. Plants are extremely cryptic when not in flower, and may be easily overlooked. The population is currently stable, but is highly vulnerable due to its extremely localized distribution.
Rodgerson, C. 2012. The National Road and another new Conophytum. CactusWorld 30(4):239-244.
|Young, A.J. 2015. Conophytum youngii Rodgerson. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2017/03/27|