Conophytum minusculum subsp. aestiflorens

Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Conophytum minusculum (N.E.Br.) N.E.Br. subsp. aestiflorens S.A.Hammer & T.Smale
Higher Classification
Dicotyledons
Family
AIZOACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Critically Rare
Assessment Date
2015/06/10
Assessor(s)
A.J. Young
Justification
A range-restricted taxon (EOO <100km²) known from a single site that is not immediately threatened.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Range
Swartruggens, Ceres Karoo.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Fynbos
Description
Shallow sandy grit pans among rocks in dry quartzite fynbos.
Threats
There are no immediate threats to this taxon. Its habitat is not suitable to cultivation, but may possibly be affected by overgrazing and trampling, but its rocky habitat provides some protection against degradation. Infrastructure development is a slight potential threat.
Population

This taxon is known from a single subpopulation of more than 1000 plants. A recent attempt to locate the most northerly subpopulation has failed. If this subpopulation is included the EOO is about 100 km², but otherwise it is much smaller.


Population trend
Stable
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Conophytum minusculum (N.E.Br.) N.E.Br. subsp. aestiflorens S.A.Hammer & T.SmaleLeast Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)
Bibliography

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.


Citation
Young, A.J. 2015. Conophytum minusculum (N.E.Br.) N.E.Br. subsp. aestiflorens S.A.Hammer & T.Smale. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2017/06/25

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