Large populations occur from northern KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa to at least as far north as Inhambane in Mozambique. However, this species needs to be monitored as numerous plants have been removed and sold alongside roads in Mozambique and large tracts of habitat have been destroyed. Overall decline could increase to >30% over three generations in which case it would qualify as Vulnerable under criterion A2.
E. ferox is a widespread species occurring in northern Kwa-Zulu Natal province of South Africa and southern Mozambique, where it is found in the Maputo, Gaza, Inhambane and Sofala provinces. Occurs at low elevations between 20 and 100 m asl.
This species is listed on Appendix I of the CITES Appendices. Populations of E. ferox are present in the Maputaland Coastal Forest Reserve, the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park and the Tembe Elephant Park.