Conophytum buysianum A.R.Mitch. & S.A.Hammer subsp. politum A.J.Young & Rodgerson
Status and Criteria
|A.J. Young & L. von Staden|
|A localized taxon (EOO 1 km²), known from three locations and potentially threatened by habitat loss to mining and illegal succulent collecting.|
|South African endemic|
Habitat and Ecology
|Namaqualand Klipkoppe Shrubland|
|Cracks and fissures of granite domes, particularly in areas sheltered under rock lips, but also at the edges of shallow grit pans.|
|This taxon is closely related to Conophytum buysianum, which is known to be targeted for illegal succulent collecting. Although locally abundant, is extremely localized in its distribution range, and removal of plants from the wild is likely to put it at risk of extinction. Habitat loss and degradation due to mining is also a potential threat - prospecting activities have been observed near subpopulations of this taxon (Young et al. 2011).|
This taxon has a restricted range, but is locally abundant, with subpopulations all numbering several thousand individuals.
Young, A.J., Rodgerson, C. and Hammer, S.A. 2011. The rough and the smooth: a reassessment of Conophytum reconditum. Bradleya 29:93-102.
|Young, A.J. & von Staden, L. 2016. Conophytum buysianum A.R.Mitch. & S.A.Hammer subsp. politum A.J.Young & Rodgerson. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2017/04/26|