Conophytum danielii

Scientific Name
Conophytum danielii Pavelka
Higher Classification
Conophytum jarmilae Halda
National Status
Status and Criteria
Vulnerable D1+2
Assessment Date
A.J. Young
A range-restricted species (EOO <1 km², AOO <1km²) with a population size of less than 300 individuals. The population is at present stable, but is potentially threatened by succulent collecting and habitat loss to mining, which would rapidly lead to an increase in risk of extinction.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Northern Cape
Namaqualand, near Platbakkies.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Platbakkies Succulent Shrubland
Shaded west-facing cliff faces, occurring on dark rocks of unknown geology, possibly containing iron.
This rare species is potentially threatened by illegal succulent collection. The population is extremely small and any removal of plants from the wild is likely to increase its risk of extinction. There is also increasing mining pressure across Namaqualand, and the unusual substrate on which this species occurs may be targeted for mining.

This species is extremely rare, and is currently known from a single, small population of about 300 mature individuals. It occupies a unique geological formation, and is likely to be a localized habitat specialist. Surveys by several botanists of immediate area have so far failed to yield any additional subpopulations.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Conophytum jarmilae HaldaData Deficient (Taxonomically Problematic) Raimondo et al. (2009)

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

Pavelka, P. 1999. Rod Conophytum N.E. Brown: vybrane druhy. Kaktusy 35(Speciál 1):1-31.

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.

Young, A.J. 2015. Conophytum danielii Pavelka. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2018/03/18

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