Haworthia parksiana

Scientific Name
Haworthia parksiana Poelln.
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Critically Endangered A2acd
Assessment Date
J.H. Vlok & D. Raimondo
EOO 35 km², AOO <2 km², only a few small subpopulations remain in the Mossel Bay region after more than 80% population decline due to urban development, road construction and alien plant invasion over the past 70 years (generation length 30 years). There is also a severe, ongoing threat from plant collecting.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Great Brak River to Mossel Bay.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Garden Route Granite Fynbos, Groot Brak Dune Strandveld
Renosterveld with karroid elements, in sandy soil, completely under the protection of small shrubs, well hidden in fallen leaf debris or among moss and lichen.
Subpopulations around Groot Brak have been lost due to urban development and alien encroachment over the past 70 years. There is also a severe decline in the number of mature individuals as a result of plant collecting, which has resulted in an overall population decline of more than 80% in the past three generations. Collectors target this species as it is very slow growing, even in cultivation. One subpopulation was destroyed by the construction of the Southern Cape coastal road.
Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Haworthia parksiana Poelln.CR A2acd; B1ab(ii,iii,iv,v)+2ab(ii,iii,iv,v)Raimondo et al. (2009)
Haworthia parksiana Poelln.Endangered Hilton-Taylor (1996)

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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.

Pilbeam, J.W. 1983. Haworthia and Astroloba, a collector's guide. B.T. Batsford Ltd., London.

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.

Scott, C.L. 1985. The genus Haworthia, a taxonomic revision. Aloe Books, Johannesburg.

Vlok, J.H. & Raimondo, D. 2012. Haworthia parksiana Poelln. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2019/05/26

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