Overview

Distribution

Range Description

Ferocactus gracilis is endemic to Mexico, where it occurs in the states of Baja California and Baja California Sur (Hunt et al. 2006), at elevations of 20 to 300 m asl (Pilbeam and Bowdery 2005).
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Physical Description

Type Information

Isotype for Ferocactus gracilis H.E. Gates
Catalog Number: US 3050006
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): H. E. Gates
Year Collected: 1932
Locality: Baja California, Mexico, North America
  • Isotype: Gates, H. E. 1933. Cact. Succ. J. (Los Angeles). 4: 323.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
Ferocactus gracilis grows in Sonoran desert scrub on a variety of soils.

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
León de la Luz, J.L., Hernández, H.M. & Gómez-Hinostrosa, C.

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

Contributor/s

Justification
Ferocactus gracilis has a wide range (extent of occurrence over 20,000 km2). It is abundant, occurs in several protected areas, and there are no major threats. Hence, it is listed as Least Concern.
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Population

Population
The species is abundant throughout its range.

Population Trend
Stable
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Threats

Major Threats
The only threats are around Bahía de los Angeles due to urbanization.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
The species occurs in Desierto del Vizcaíno, Valle de los Cirios and Islas del Golfo protected areas (Larraín 2011).
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