Scientific Name
Conophytum depressum Lavis subsp. perdurans S.A.Hammer
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Near Threatened B1ab(v)+2ab(v)
Assessment Date
A.J. Young & D. Raimondo
An endemic to the Namaqualand region of the South Africa, extent of occurrence 2305 km². While currently known from six threat based locations it is likely to be overlooked and occur at a few more, an upper limit of 15 locations may exist. This taxon is experiencing ongoing decline as a result of illegal collection for the specialist succulent horticultural trade.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Northern Cape
Namaqualand southeast of Springbok, from the Northern Cape Province of South Africa.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Succulent Karoo
Shallow grit pans on gneiss, often sheltered beneath small rocks.
Sought after by collectors but the wide and scattered distribution of subpopulations minimises the risk of extinction. The population of this taxon is however declining as a result of collecting.

This taxon is less common than subsp. depressum, and has a more restricted range. It is also less cryptic than subsp. depressum, but still likely to be overlooked and more common than records suggest. The population size is difficult to estimate, but is likely to exceed 1000 plants. It is declining due to illegal harvesting.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Conophytum depressum Lavis subsp. perdurans S.A.HammerLeast Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)

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.

Young, A.J. & Raimondo, D. 2020. Conophytum depressum Lavis subsp. perdurans S.A.Hammer. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2021/09/22

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