Assessor: Sarah Schumann
According to the SANBI Red List Assessment, this species is of Least Concern and not endemic to South Africa (Manyama & Kamundi, 2006). This genus is currently in demand and of popular interest in international horticultural trade, as indicated by several online marketplace, e-commerce and auction sites. Plants of this genus are known to be utilized and this species among others in the genus were among those targeted and confiscated during recent criminal prosecutions of illegal plant collecting (Confiscation Lists (2020-2021) 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). This suggests that this genus may be targeted and that this species may be at risk to over-exploitation and removal from the wild.
Manyama, P.A. & Kamundi, D.A. 2006. Tylecodon similis (Toelken) Toelken. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1.
This species is rare, localized and highly collectable with a likely population size of less than 2000 individuals (Helme, N, personal communication 2022, 25 January).
Whole individuals are recorded in confiscations.
A small population size with threat of exploitation places the persistence of this species at risk. Recruitment and recovery may be poor.