Assessor: Sarah Schumann
According to the SANBI Red List Assessment, this species is Data Deficient- Insufficient Information as there is no population data to support the assessment and is rarely seen at present due to habitat loss compared to past indications of the species being quite common (von Staden et al. 2007). Other species in this genus are known to be threatened by collection of wild individuals (von Staden et al. 2012; von Staden & Liltved, 2012).
von Staden, L., Bytebier, B. & Raimondo, D. 2007. Disa spathulata (L.f.) Sw. subsp. spathulata. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1.
von Staden, L., Oliver, E.G.H. & Raimondo, D. 2012. Disa longicornu L.f. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1.
von Staden, L. & Liltved, W.R. 2012. Disa lugens Bolus var. nigrescens (H.P.Linder) H.P.Linder. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1.
A rare and threatened population size makes this species vulnerable to further population loss. Were exploitation to also occur, recruitment and recovery may be poor.