Scientific Name
Stapeliopsis urniflora Lavranos
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Least Concern
Assessment Date
L. von Staden
This species is very rare in South Africa, but also possibly overlooked. It is not threatened. It is more widespread in Namibia, but also known only from a few, scattered subpopulations.
Not endemic to South Africa
Provincial distribution
Northern Cape
Tiras Mountains in southern Namibia to the eastern Richtersveld.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Desert, Succulent Karoo
Sheltered among stones or bushes on steep dolomitic or gneissic slopes.

This species is known from a few scattered subpopulations in southern Namibia. In South Africa it is known from a single record from the Richtersveld. This species is however inconspicuous and easily overlooked, and may be more common than records indicate (Bruyns 2005). It is not threatened in Namibia (Loots 2005).

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Stapeliopsis urniflora LavranosLeast Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)
Stapeliopsis urniflora LavranosRare Hilton-Taylor (1996)

Bruyns, P.V. 2005. Stapeliads of southern Africa and Madagascar. (Vol. 2, pp. 331-606). Umdaus Press, Pretoria.

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

Lavranos, J.J. 1966. A new Stapeliad from S.W. Africa. Journal of South African Botany 32:195-199.

Loots, S. 2005. Red Data Book of Namibian plants. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 38. SABONET, Pretoria and Windhoek.

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.

von Staden, L. 2015. Stapeliopsis urniflora Lavranos. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2022/05/20

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