Assessor: Sarah Schumann
According to the SANBI Red List Assessment, this species is of Least Concern (Foden & Potter, 2005). This species is experiencing population decline primarily due to habitat loss from mining and infrastructure development as well as drought (Helme, N, personal communication 2022, 25 January). This genus is in demand and of interest in international horticultural trade, as indicated by several online marketplace, e-commerce and auction sites. This species and others of the genus were among those targeted and confiscated during recent criminal prosecutions of illegal plant collecting (Confiscation Lists (2018-2022) provided by Cape Nature, SANBI Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, SANBI Karoo Desert Botanic Garden, SANParks Sendelingsdrift Botanic Garden and Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment). There is little sign of loss from collection (Helme, N, personal communication 2022, 25 January). The above suggests that this genus is being targeted and that this species may be threatened.
Foden, W. & Potter, L. 2005. Othonna furcata (Lindl.) Druce. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1.
Overall population number is unknown but potentially as much as 40% of the population could be lost if development proceeds (Helme, N, personal communication 2022, 25 January).
Whole individuals are recorded in confiscations.
This species is known to be exploited with several other existing threats making this species susceptible to decline (Helme, N, personal communication 2022, 25 January). Recruitment and recovery may be poor.