Overview

Distribution

National Distribution

Canada

Origin: Native

Regularity: Regularly occurring

Currently: Present

Confidence: Confident

United States

Origin: Native

Regularity: Regularly occurring

Currently: Present

Confidence: Confident

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Physical Description

Type Information

Holotype for Opuntia calcicola Wherry
Catalog Number: US 1242156
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany
Verification Degree: Original publication and alleged type specimen examined
Sex/Stage: ; Flowering and Fruiting
Preparation: Pressed specimen
Collector(s): E. Wherry
Year Collected: 1925
Locality: West Virginia, United States, North America
Microhabitat: On limestone ledges
  • Holotype: Wherry, E. T. 1926. J. Wash. Acad. Sci. 16: 12.
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Conservation

Conservation Status

National NatureServe Conservation Status

Canada

Rounded National Status Rank: N1 - Critically Imperiled

United States

Rounded National Status Rank: N5 - Secure

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NatureServe Conservation Status

Rounded Global Status Rank: T5 - Secure

Reasons: Widespread, abundant, weedy cactus in eastern United States, little affected by cactus-collecting pressures.

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Threats

Comments: Most cacti subject to horticultural collecting, but this species typically abundant and weedy in many sites, therefore resilient to moderate collecting levels.

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