Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is endemic to Mexico, where it is distributed in the states of Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Querétaro, and San Luis Potosí (Hernández et al. 2004), at elevations of 550 to 2,300 m asl (Martínez-Avalos and Jurado 2005, Pilbeam and Bowdery 2005).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This cactus occurs in deciduous dry forests and dry shrubland habitats.

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
Sánchez , E., Guadalupe Martínez, J. & Bárcenas Luna, R.

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

Contributor/s

Justification
Ferocactus glaucescens is considered Least Concern due to its relatively widespread and abundant subpopulations, because there are no major threats, and because it occurs in several protected areas.
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Population

Population
This species is generally locally abundant in appropriate habitat in Querétaro, but in Guanajuato it is uncommon.

Population Trend
Stable
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no major threats, however locally subpopulations are declining due to land use change.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This cactus occurs in several protected areas.
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Wikipedia

Ferocactus glaucescens

Ferocactus glaucescens (glaucous barrel cactus) is a species of flowering plant in the family Cactaceae.

The plant is native to the limestone hills of Hidalgo, endemic to México.

Description[edit]

Ferocactus glaucescens is a spherical or cylindrical cactus growing to 60 cm (24 in) in diameter, with long yellow spines and yellow flowers in summer.

Cultivation

In cultivation in temperate regions it must be grown under glass. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[1]

There is a spineless variety, Ferocactus glaucescens forma nuda (inermis).[2]

Synonyms[edit]

  • Echinocactus pfeifferi
  • Ferocactus pfeifferi

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Ferocactus glaucescens". Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Ferocactus glaucescens forma nuda (inermis)
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