Assessor: Sarah Schumann
This species is not fully assessed on the SANBI Red List and is of Least Concern (Foden & Potter, 2005). This genus is in demand and of popular interest in international horticultural trade, as indicated by several online marketplace, e-commerce and auction sites. Plants of this genus were among those targeted and confiscated during criminal prosecutions of illegal plant collecting (Gamieldien SAPS, 2021). There have been several recorded confiscations of this variety and others of the Crassula genus from illegal collection (Confiscation List (2018-2022) provided by Cape Nature, SANParks Sendelingsdrift Botanic Garden, SANBI Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden and Karoo Desert Botanic Garden). This suggests that this genus is being targeted and that this species may be at risk.
Gamieldien, C.M. 2021. 28 May 2021. Operation Crassula nets successes worth millions. Media Statement. South African Police Service, Office of the Provincial Commissioner Northern Cape. Available at: https://www.saps.gov.za/newsroom/selnewsdetails.php?nid=32837
Foden, W. & Potter, L. 2005. Crassula atropurpurea (Haw.) D.Dietr. var. purcellii (Schönland) Toelken. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1.
Majority of Crassula species are not considered to be slow growing (Rogerson. C, personal communication 2021, 26 October). As this taxon is of Least Concern, recruitment and recovery from harvesting may be possible.