Scientific Name
Angraecum conchiferum Lindl.
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Near Threatened A2ad; B2ab(v)
Assessment Date
H. Mtshali & L. Muller
A rare species that occur in disjunct forest patches across South Africa. It has a specialised habitat, with an area of occupancy (AOO) of 76 km² and it is known from 20 locations. The population is declining due to illegal collection, and a reduction of 25% is suspected to have taken place in the past 30-60 years (generation length 10-20 years). It therefore nearly meets the criteria thresholds for Vulnerable under criterion A and B and is listed as Near Threatened.
Not endemic to South Africa
Provincial distribution
Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Western Cape
This species is scattered over a wide range in South Africa, from George in the Western Cape through to Venda in Limpopo, extending to tropical Africa.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
This epiphytic herb grows In cool, moist habitats in forest, often on yellowwood trees.
It is impacted throughout its range due to harvesting by orchid collectors, the large size of its flowers make it desirable for collecting.

This species is rare but may be locally common in cool moist forests. The subpopulations are disjunct in their distribution, and very few recent records exist for this species. The population is suspected to be declining due to harvesting by orchids collectors, a decline of approximately 25% of the population is likely to have occurred over the past three generations 30 - 60 years.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Angraecum conchiferum Lindl.Least Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)

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.

Johnson, S. and Bytebier, B. 2015. Orchids of South Africa: A field guide. Struik Nature, Cape Town.

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.

Mtshali, H. & Muller, L. 2022. Angraecum conchiferum Lindl. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version . Accessed on 2024/07/18

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