Assessor: Sarah Schumann
According to the SANBI Red List Assessment, this taxon is Near Threatened as it is threatened with harvesting for the medicinal plant trade and habitat loss from urban expansion and agriculture (Williams et al. 2008). This taxon is known from one remaining colony (Earle, R & Uijs, R, personal communication, 28 October 2022). This genus is in demand and of interest in international horticultural trade, as indicated by several online marketplace, e-commerce and auction sites. Recently several species of the Lithops genus have been illegal collected. Plants of this genus were among those targeted and/or confiscated during a recent criminal prosecution of illegal plant collecting. There have been several recorded confiscations of species of the Lithops genus from illegal collection (Confiscation List (2019-2021) provided by Cape Nature and Sendelingsdrift Desert Botanic Gardens). This suggests that this genus is being targeted and that this taxon is at risk.
Williams, V.L., Raimondo, D., Crouch, N.R., Cunningham, A.B., Scott-Shaw, C.R., Lötter, M., Ngwenya, A.M. & Mills, L. 2008. Lithops lesliei (N.E.Br.) N.E.Br. subsp. lesliei. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1.
This taxon is known from one remaining population (Earle, R & Uijs, R, personal communication, 28 October 2022).
A small remaining population with several existing threats including harvesting, places the persistence of this species at risk. Recruitment and recovery may be poor.