Conophytum chrisocruxum

Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Conophytum chrisocruxum S.A.Hammer
Higher Classification
Dicotyledons
Family
AIZOACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Vulnerable D1+2
Assessment Date
2015/06/10
Assessor(s)
A.J. Young
Justification
A range restricted species (EOO and AOO <1 km²), known from a single, small population (500-1000 individuals). It is potentially threatened by collection of wild plants for the horticultural trade.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Northern Cape
Range
Namaqualand west of Steinkopf.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Namaqualand Klipkoppe Shrubland
Description
Sheltered crevices at the edges of steep quartzite cliffs.
Threats
This species is extremely rare and highly desirable among succulent collectors. The population is extremely small and any removal of plants from the wild is likely to increase its risk of extinction.
Population

This species is known from a single subpopulation of an estimated 500-1000 mature individuals localized to a single ridge.


Population trend
Stable
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Conophytum chrisocruxum S.A.HammerLeast Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)
Bibliography

Hammer, S. 1997. New chrisogenic species of Conophytum from the Richtersveld. Cactus and Succulent Journal 69(3):127-131.


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. 2015. Conophytum chrisocruxum S.A.Hammer. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2017/05/22

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Distribution map

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