Overview

Distribution

Range Description

The species has been reported from Mexico (Coahuila, Nuevo León, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí and Tamaulipas), the USA (Texas), Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti (Pilbeam 1999, Hernández et al. 2004). It is found at elevations of 400 to 2,250 m asl.
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Localities documented in Tropicos sources

Mammillaria prolifera (Mill.) Haw.:
United States (North America)
Mexico (Mesoamerica)
Guatemala (Mesoamerica)

Note: This information is based on publications available through Tropicos and may not represent the entire distribution. Tropicos does not categorize distributions as native or non-native.
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Global Range: It occurs in south Texas (from Val Verde Co. to Bexar and Hidalgo Cos.) and in the adjacent area in northern Mexico.

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National Distribution

United States

Origin: Unknown/Undetermined

Regularity: Regularly occurring

Currently: Unknown/Undetermined

Confidence: Confident

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Physical Description

Diagnostic Description

Synonym

Cactus proliferus Miller, Gard. Dict. ed. 8, Cactus. no. 6. 1768
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
The species grows in submontane scrub. In Texas, it occurs in grasslands at low elevations.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Comments: It occurs in grasslands at low elevations.

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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2013

Assessor/s
Goettsch, B.K., Gómez-Hinostrosa, C. & Terry, M.

Reviewer/s
Superina, M.

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Justification

Mammillaria prolifera is listed as Least Concern because it has a very large extent of occurrence and is abundant. Although there are threats in places, they are not sufficient to warrant any concern.

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National NatureServe Conservation Status

United States

Rounded National Status Rank: NNR - Unranked

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NatureServe Conservation Status

Rounded Global Status Rank: G4 - Apparently Secure

Reasons: Rank of G4 from TXHP (3/94). Restricted range in southern Texas and northern Mexico.

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Population

Population
The species is locally abundant.

Population Trend
Stable
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Threats

Major Threats
Habitat destruction through logging poses a threat to the species.
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Comments: Most cacti subject to horticultural collecting.

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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
The species occurs in El Cielo Natural Reserve, Tamaulipas, and Guadalcázar, San Luis Potosí, Mexico.
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