Scientific Name
Conophytum mirabile A.R.Mitch. & S.A.Hammer
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Vulnerable D2
Assessment Date
A.J. Young, S.A. Hammer & D. Raimondo
A range-restricted species known from a single site occurring in an area less than 1 km². It has an extent of occurrence (EOO) and area of occupancy (AOO) in accordance with the IUCN Red List Guidelines of 4 km². The one location is potentially threatened by illegal succulent collecting.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Northern Cape
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Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Succulent Karoo
Cracks and crevices on quartz slopes.
This species occurs in a remote area that are difficult to access, reducing the potential threat that might arise from illegal succulent collecting. Since its discovery it has also been established in cultivation, however it is highly sought after by collectors and therefore illegal collection is a potential threat, especially in light of the recent increase in demand for Conophytums coming from Asian countries.

This species is highly localized (EOO and AOO <1 km²), but it is locally abundant, with the population numbering several thousand individuals.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Conophytum mirabile A.R.Mitch. & S.A.HammerCritically Rare Raimondo et al. (2009)

Hammer, S. 2002. Dumpling and his wife: New view of the genus Conophytum. EAE Creative Colour, Norwich.

Hartmann, H.E.K. 2002. Illustrated handbook of succulent plants: Aizoaceae A-E. Springer, Berlin.

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.

Snijman, D.A. 2013. Plants of the Greater Cape Floristic Region 2: The extra Cape flora. Strelitzia 30. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.

Young, A.J., Hammer, S.A. & Raimondo, D. 2020. Conophytum mirabile A.R.Mitch. & S.A.Hammer. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2023/12/03

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