Scientific Name
Crassula elsieae Toelken
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Assessment Date
N.A. Helme, E.J. van Jaarsveld & L. von Staden
Crassula elsieae is a rare habitat specialist, with a restricted range. It has no severe threats and is therefore not suspected to be in danger of extinction.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
This species is endemic to a small area in the mountains of the Western Cape, where it occurs from the northern Cederberg to the northern Skurweberg in the Koue Bokkeveld.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
It is localized to sheltered, shaded places under rocks, or in rock basins in montane fynbos.
This species occurs in a remote montane area that is well-protected. It has no threats.

Crassula elsieae is known from three isolated subpopulations on the highest peaks in the Cederberg and Skurweberg mountains. It is a highly localized habitat specialist, but also likely to be overlooked and more common than records suggest. Plants are cryptic, and in addition occurs in remote and inaccessible montane areas. As there are no threats, the population is not suspected to be declining.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Crassula elsieae ToelkenCritically Rare Raimondo et al. (2009)
Crassula elsieae ToelkenRare Hilton-Taylor (1996)
Crassula elsieae ToelkenUncertain Hall et al. (1980)

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.

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.

Tölken, H.R. 1985. Crassulaceae. In: O.A. Leistner (ed). Flora of southern Africa 14,1:1-244. Botanical Research Institute, Pretoria.

Helme, N.A., van Jaarsveld, E.J. & von Staden, L. 2017. Crassula elsieae Toelken. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2023/11/28

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