Conophytum antonii

Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Conophytum antonii S.A.Hammer
Higher Classification
Dicotyledons
Family
AIZOACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Critically Rare
Assessment Date
2016/05/31
Assessor(s)
L. von Staden & A.J. Young
Justification
A range-restricted species occurring in a remote area where it is not threatened. It is likely to be more common and widespread than records indicate, as its habitat remains botanically poorly explored, and it is easily overlooked.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Northern Cape
Range
Bushmanland, west of Gamoep.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Namaqualand Blomveld
Description
Crevices in quartzite outcrops.
Threats
This species occurs in a remote area where there is little human impact on its habitat. Apart from the potential threat of habitat loss to mining, it is unlikely to have any threats. Conophytum species are popular with succulent collectors, but are easily grown from seed, and is unlikely to suffer extensive declines due to removal of mature individuals from the wild.
Population

This species is locally abundant within suitable habitat (Hammer 2001). It is currently known from a single subpopulation, but occurs in a remote and poorly explored area, and it is likely that other subpopulations exist. Plants are extremely small and cryptic and could easily be overlooked. Population size at the type locality is estimated to be <1000 plants.


Population trend
Stable
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Conophytum antonii S.A.HammerRare 2014.1
Bibliography

Hammer, S.A. 2009. Conophytum confessional: three new species from South Africa. Cactus and Succulent Journal 81(4):191-195.


Citation
von Staden, L. & Young, A.J. 2016. Conophytum antonii S.A.Hammer. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2017/12/13

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