Assessor: Sarah Schumann
According to the SANBI Red List Assessment, this species is of Least Concern however it is known to have a restricted distribution and is threatened with illegal collection for the specialist succulent trade (Burgoyne. P, 2008; 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 species may be threatened.
Burgoyne, P.M. 2006. Lithops villetii L.Bolus subsp. villetii. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1.
This taxon is known from a restricted distribution.
(Earle, R & Uijs, R, personal communication, 28 October 2022)
A restricted distribution with with existing threat places the persistence of this species at risk. Recruitment and recovery may be poor.