Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is endemic to Mexico, and is distributed in the State of Puebla at elevations between 1,500 to 2,000 m asl.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It grows in xerophyllous scrub, including Izotal (Casas and Caballero 1996). Most of the population occurs on plains.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
VU
Vulnerable

Red List Criteria
B1ab(iii)

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2013

Assessor/s
Arias, S., Hernández, C., Valverde, T. & Zavala-Hurtado, A.

Reviewer/s
Chanson, J.S. & Goettsch, B.K.

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Justification
The species is narrowly distributed (extent of occurrence approximately 5,000 km2), with a small number of subpopulations (locations <10), and is experiencing ongoing decline as a consequence of habitat loss. Hence, it is listed as Vulnerable.
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Population

Population
It is a sparsely occurring species, and is not common even in areas in which it does occur.

Population Trend
Decreasing
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Threats

Major Threats
The main threat is land use change for agriculture and ranching. The species has low germination rates, which is a critical problem for sexual regeneration, and it also has a low number of seeds (Carrillo et al. 2005).
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species occurs within the Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Biosphere Reserve (Mendéz-Larios et al. 2006), and is cultivated in a government approved nursery.
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Wikipedia

Ferocactus robustus

Ferocactus robustus is a barrel cactus in the genus Ferocactus belonging to the family Cacteae.

Distribution[edit]

Ferocactus robustus is widespread in the states of Puebla and Veracruz in Mexico.

Description[edit]

Ferocactus robustus forms large cushions reaching a height up to 100 centimetres (39 in) and a diameter up to 5 metres (16 ft). This plant is spherical to club-shaped and has eight sharp-edged ribs.

The funnel-shaped flowers are yellow and reach a length of 3–4 centimetres (1.2–1.6 in). The fruits are spherical, fleshy, yellow, 2 to 3 inches long.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ N. L. Britton, J. N. Rose (1922) (in German), The Cactaceae. Descriptions and Illustrations of Plants of the Cactus Family, Band III, Washington: The Carnegie Institution of Washington, pp. 133
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