Overview

Distribution

National Distribution

United States

Origin: Native

Regularity: Regularly occurring

Currently: Present

Confidence: Confident

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Global Range: California; S. Idaho (rare); Utah (rare); S.W. South Dakota; Wyoming near Cheyenne; Colorado; N. and E., Arizona to S. Minnesota, W. Michigan, N. Illinois, N. and W. Missouri, W. central Arkansas, Texas, and S.W. Louisiana.

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Physical Description

Type Information

Holotype for Opuntia leptocarpa Mackensen
Catalog Number: US 618292
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany
Verification Degree: Original publication and alleged type specimen examined
Preparation: Pressed specimen
Collector(s): B. Mackensen
Year Collected: 1910
Locality: Texas, United States, North America
  • Holotype: Mackensen, B. 1911. Bull. Torrey Bot. Club. 38: 141.
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Holotype for Opuntia plumbea Rose
Catalog Number: US 399804
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany
Verification Degree: Verified from the card file of type specimens
Preparation: Pressed specimen
Collector(s): F. V. Coville
Year Collected: 1904
Locality: Arizona, United States, North America
  • Holotype: Rose, J. N. 1908. Smithsonian Misc. Collect. 50: 524.
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Ecology

Habitat

Comments: Sandy, gravelly, or rocky soils of plains and valleys at 600-2,100 m.

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Population Biology

Number of Occurrences

Note: For many non-migratory species, occurrences are roughly equivalent to populations.

Estimated Number of Occurrences: 81 to >300

Comments: 100+ EO's (Benson 1982).

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Conservation

Conservation Status

National NatureServe Conservation Status

United States

Rounded National Status Rank: N5 - Secure

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NatureServe Conservation Status

Rounded Global Status Rank: T5 - Secure

Reasons: Over 100 EO's throughout the west & mid-west United States.

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Threats

Comments: Most cacti subject to horticultural collecting.

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