Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is endemic to Mexico, where it occurs in the states of Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas, and Zacatecas. It occurs throughout much of the northern portion of the Mexican Altiplano.
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Physical Description

Type Information

Isotype for Echinocactus pilosus var. pringlei J.M. Coult.
Catalog Number: US 1821078
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany
Verification Degree: Status verified from secondary sources
Preparation: Pressed specimen
Collector(s): C. G. Pringle
Year Collected: 1885
Locality: Mexico, Central America
  • Isotype: Coulter, J. M. 1896. Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 3: 365.
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Isotype for Echinocactus pilosus var. pringlei J.M. Coult.
Catalog Number: US 795805
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany
Verification Degree: Status verified from secondary sources
Preparation: Pressed specimen
Collector(s): C. G. Pringle
Year Collected: 1885
Locality: Coahuila, Mexico, North America
  • Isotype: Coulter, J. M. 1896. Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 3: 365.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species is found in semi-desert on various soil types.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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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
Fitz Maurice, B & Fitz Maurice, W.A.

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

Contributor/s

Justification
Ferocactus pilosus is listed as Least Concern due to its extensive range, large number of individuals, and low threat.

History
  • 2009
    Least Concern
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Population

Population

This species is common. The estimated population size is more than 1,000,000 plants.


Population Trend
Stable
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Threats

Major Threats
This species is threatened by illegal collection of individuals from wild subpopulations. Removal of floral buds for human consumption could be affecting the populations, however, further studies are needed (B. Goettsch pers. comm. 2009).
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions

The species is legally protected in Mexico by the national list of species at risk of extinction, NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010, where it is listed as “subject to special protection” (Pr; SEMARNAT 2010).

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