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Conophytum pellucidum subsp. saueri

Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Conophytum pellucidum Schwantes subsp. saueri S.A.Hammer & T.Smale
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 highly localized taxon known from a single, small subpopulation of about 500 mature individuals. It is potentially threatened by illegal collection for the succulent trade.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Northern Cape
Range
Western edge of Bushmanland.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Platbakkies Succulent Shrubland
Description
Shallow sandy grit pans.
Threats
This recently described taxon is still rare in cultivation, and is somewhat difficult to grow (Hammer 2002). The type locality is easily accessible, and therefore illegal collection of wild plants is a significant potential threat. The wild population is very small and any collecting would immediately increase its risk of extinction.
Population

A highly localized taxon with a very small population, estimated to be about 500 mature individuals. The population is not declining at present.


Population trend
Stable
Citation
Young, A.J. 2015. Conophytum pellucidum Schwantes subsp. saueri S.A.Hammer & T.Smale. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2019/12/06

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