Solanum conocarpum is endemic to the island of St. John and is known from eight populations, four of which are represented by only one individual. The occurrence of this species on St. Thomas and Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands has not been confirmed. On St. John, there are fewer than 200 naturally-occurring individuals. Most populations consist of mature individuals and very little natural recruitment has been observed in the wild. Populations are fragmented and the species has low levels of genetic diversity. Solanum conocarpum is threatened by housing and tourism development, trail and facility maintenance, and possibly by herbivory from both native and non-native species. Several populations have been augmented with reintroduced species but it is too early to tell if the reintroductions will be successful.
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