Scientific Name
Haworthiopsis sordida (Haw.) G.D.Rowley
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Near Threatened B1ab(iii,v)
Assessment Date
J.H. Vlok, N.A. Helme, G. Marx, D. Raimondo & L. von Staden
A rare, range-restricted species (EOO 2925 km²), occurring at between 10 and 20 locations and declining due to ongoing habitat degradation.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Eastern Cape
Steytlerville to Uitenhage and the Suurberg Mountains north of Kirkwood.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Sundays Arid Thicket, Eastern Gwarrieveld, Baviaans Valley Thicket, Albany Alluvial Vegetation, Sundays Valley Thicket, Southern Karoo Riviere, Willowmore Gwarrieveld, Koedoeskloof Karroid Thicket
Rocky karroid slopes.
Some subpopulations, particularly in the western part of this species' range, occur in areas degraded due to severe overgrazing (J.H. Vlok pers. comm.).

A rare and seldom collected species, but may also be overlooked as plants grow sheltered among the base of shrubs. The species occurs as scattered individuals.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Haworthiopsis sordida (Haw.) G.D.RowleyNT B1ab(iii,v)2014.1
Haworthia sordida Haw. var. lavranii C.L.ScottVU B1ab(iii,v)Raimondo et al. (2009)
Haworthia sordida Haw. var. sordida Least Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)
Haworthia sordida Haw. var. sordida Vulnerable Hilton-Taylor (1996)

Bayer, M.B. 1982. The new Haworthia handbook. National Botanical Gardens of South Africa.

Bayer, M.B. 1999. Haworthia Revisited: A revision of the genus. Umdaus Press, Hatfield.

Goldblatt, P. and Manning, J.C. 2000. Cape Plants: A conspectus of the Cape Flora of South Africa. Strelitzia 9. National Botanical Institute, Cape Town.

Hilton-Taylor, C. 1996. Red data list of southern African plants. Strelitzia 4. South African National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

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.

Rowley, G.D. 2013. Generic concepts in the Alooideae. Part 3 - The phylogenetic story. Alsterworthia International Special Issue 10:1-6.

Vlok, J.H., Helme, N.A., Marx, G., Raimondo, D. & von Staden, L. 2014. Haworthiopsis sordida (Haw.) G.D.Rowley. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2020/08/10

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