Pleiospilos simulans

Pleiospilos simulans

Observation - Pleiospilos simulans - Southern Africa. Description:

P. simulans is classified in the ''Red List of South African Plants'' as ''Extinct in the Wild due to the entire population being cleared by collectors for the succulent trade" (retrieved 21/11/2015 from http://redlist.sanbi.org/species.php?species=97-37); I have seen 5 healthy looking plants in their natural habitat in the Nama-Karoo near Klipplaat; the locality is close to a road and therefore the population can be easily disturbed or is threatened by collectors looking for rare plants.