Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Lithops salicola L.Bolus
Higher Classification
Dicotyledons
Family
AIZOACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Near Threatened B1ab(iii)
Assessment Date
2018/10/03
Assessor(s)
J.E. Victor, D.T. Cole & L. von Staden
Justification
A range-restricted (EOO 4874 km²), but locally common species, estimated to occur at 10-15 locations and declining due to ongoing habitat loss to crop cultivation.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Free State, Northern Cape
Range
Koffiefontein and Kraankruil to Petrusville.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Northern Upper Karoo
Description
Low limestone ridges or slopes, often along edges of brackish pans.
Threats
Threatened by ongoing habitat loss to irrigated crop fields along the Orange River and around Luckhoff. It is also potentially threatened by collecting for the succulent trade.
Population
Population trend
Decreasing
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Lithops salicola L.BolusLeast Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)
Lithops salicola L.BolusVulnerable Hilton-Taylor (1996)
Lithops salicola L.BolusVulnerable Hall et al. (1980)
Bibliography

Bolus, H.M.L. 1936-1958. Notes on Mesembryanthemum and allied genera Part III. University of Cape Town, Bolus Herbarium, Cape Town.


Cole, D.T. 1988. Lithops: flowering stones. Acorn Press, Johannesburg.


Hall, A.V., De Winter, M., De Winter, B. and Van Oosterhout, S.A.M. 1980. Threatened plants of southern Africa. South African National Scienctific Programmes Report 45. CSIR, Pretoria.


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.


Citation
Victor, J.E., Cole, D.T. & von Staden, L. 2018. Lithops salicola L.Bolus. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2020/10/28

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