Assessor: Sarah Schumann
According to the SANBI Red List Assessment, this species is Vulnerable as it is a range restricted habitat specialist that is threatened by habitat degradation and potentially by harvesting for the specialist succulent trade (Victor, 2005). 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 harvested. 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.
Victor, J.E. 2005. Lithops meyeri L.Bolus. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1.
This taxon is known from more than five subpopulations (Earlé & Round, 2021).
Earlé, R.A. and Round, J.E., 2021. Lithops in habitat and cultivation.
As this taxon does not have a vulnerable population size, recruitment and recovery from harvesting may be possible.