Assessor: Sarah Schumann
This species is not fully assessed on the SANBI Red List and is a South African Endemic that 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. There have been several recorded confiscations of this species and others of the Adromischus genus from illegal collection (Confiscation List (2018-2022) provided by Cape Nature and SANBI Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden). This suggests that this genus is being targeted and that this species may be at risk.
Foden, W. & Potter, L. 2005. Adromischus caryophyllaceus (Burm.f.) Lem. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1.
This taxon is widespread in the Western Cape (Pilbeam et al. 1998).
Pilbeam. J, Rogerson. C, Tribble. D. 1998. Adromischus: The Cactus File Handbook 3. First Edition,Cirio Publishing Services Ltd, UK.
Cuttings were recorded in confiscations.
As this taxon does not have a vulnerable population size, recruitment and recovery from harvesting may be possible.