Scientific Name
Delosperma pallidum L.Bolus
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Data Deficient - Taxonomically Problematic
Assessment Date
L. von Staden
Delosperma pallidum is a poorly known species described from cultivated material of unknown origin, and never relocated in the wild. The genus Delosperma is taxonomically problematic and in need of revision, and it is not known whether this species warrants recognition as a separate taxon. Based on currently available data, its risk of extinction in the wild cannot be assessed.
South African endemic
This species' distribution is unknown. It was described from cultivated plants thought to have come from Calvinia.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
The habitat of this species is unknown.

Nothing is known about the wild population of this species. It was described in 1931 from plants cultivated at the Bolus Herbarium in Cape Town. The origin of the specimens is not known for certain. It has not been possible to match any further wild collections to the description of this species, as Delosperma is in need of taxonomic revision (Chesselet et al. 1995), which means that specimens cannot be identified with certainty.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Delosperma pallidum L.BolusLeast Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)

Bolus, H.M.L. 1928-1935. Notes on Mesembrianthemum and allied genera. Part II. Bolus Herbarium, University of Cape Town, Cape Town.

Chesselet, P., Mössmer, M. and Smith, G.F. 1995. Research priorities in the succulent plant family Mesembryanthemaceae Fenzl. South African Journal of Science 91:197-209.

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.

von Staden, L. 2017. Delosperma pallidum L.Bolus. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2023/12/08

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