Assessor: Sarah Schumann
This species is not SANBI Red List evaluated. This species is thought to be horticulturally sought after with wild harvesting occurring (Personal communication, S. Molteno, 5 August 2022). Furthermore it is threatened by habitat loss, alien invasive species competition, and genetic pollution as it hybridises with a number of other species (Personal communication, S. Molteno, 5 August 2022). An internet survey indicated that this genus is popular in trade, and that there is demand. Plants of this genus and the brevifolia species were among those targeted and confiscated during a recent criminal prosecution of illegal plant collecting. There has been several recorded confiscations of the genus from illegal collection (Confiscation Lists (2018-2021) provided by Cape Nature, SANBI Karoo Desert Botanical Garden and Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden). Aloe species are widely utilised for traditional and medicinal purposes and are also popular in domestic and international horticulture trade (Grace, 2011). Many wild aloe species are threatened by over-exploitation for the succulent plant trade as well as over-utilisation for cosmetics and natural products which makes rare, endemic and utility taxa conservation priority (Grace, 2011). It is believed that the most sought after and so potentially vulnerable species among plant collectors, are rare endemics and difficult to grow species (Cousins & Witkowski, 2012).
Cousins, S.R. and Witkowski, E.T.F., 2012. African aloe ecology: a review. Journal of Arid Environments, 85, pp.1-17.
Grace, O.M., 2011. Current perspectives on the economic botany of the genus Aloe L.(Xanthorrhoeaceae). South African Journal of Botany, 77(4), pp.980-987.
This taxon is known from 8 subpopulations with a small and disjunct population (Personal communication, S. Molteno, 5 August 2022).
Whole individuals are removed (Personal communication, S. Molteno, 5 August 2022).
Few known subpopulations and several existing threats including exploitation, makes this species vulnerable to population loss whereby recruitment and recovery may be poor.