Overview

Distribution

Range Description

Opuntia quitensis occurs in Colombia (Fernández-Alonso and Estupiñán 2005), Peru (Apurimac department) and the Provinces of El Oro, Pichincha, Chimborazo, Azuay, and Loja in Ecuador. It grows at altitudes of 0 to 3,000 m asl (Loaiza et al. 2009).
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Physical Description

Type Information

Isotype for Opuntia macbridei Britton & Rose
Catalog Number: US 1191397
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): J. F. Macbride & W. Featherstone
Year Collected: 1922
Locality: Mariscal Cáceres, San Martín, Peru, South America
  • Isotype: Britton, N. L. & Rose, J. N. 1923. Cactaceae. 4: 261.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
In Ecuador, O. quitensis grows in dry scrublands, dry mountain forests and dry inter-Andean forests (Aguirre et al. 2006). It is dioecious (Hunt et al. 2006).

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Barcode data: Opuntia macbridei

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Opuntia macbridei

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 1
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
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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
Loaiza, C.

Reviewer/s
Superina, M. & Goettsch, B.K.

Contributor/s

Justification

Opuntia quitensis is listed as Least Concern because it is widely distributed and locally abundant, occurs in many protected areas, and there are no major threats affecting it.

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Population

Population
This is an abundant species.

Population Trend
Stable
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Threats

Major Threats
This species is not exposed to any threat.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This cactus occurs in several protected areas.
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