Classified as Endangered (EN) by the IUCN Red List 2007 (1). There has been much debate on whether this species is actually a form or sub-species of Widdringtonia nodiflora
, a more common southern African species (3) (4) (5). However, recent DNA research undertaken by the University of Cape Town has revealed that Widdringtonia whytei
is indeed a separate species.