Opuntia assumptionis 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Caryophyllales Cactaceae

Scientific Name: Opuntia assumptionis
Species Authority: K.Schum.
Taxonomic Source(s): Hunt, D., Taylor, N. and Charles, G. (compilers and editors). 2006. The New Cactus Lexicon. dh Books, Milborne Port, UK.
Taxonomic Notes: This species may be a spiny form of O. elata (L. Oakley, pers. comm. 2010).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2010-09-23
Assessor(s): Oakley, L. & Pin, A.
Reviewer(s): Superina, M. & Goettsch, B.K.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Tognelli, M.
Opuntia assumptionis is listed as Least Concern because it is widespread, common, and there are no major threats affecting it. It is present in several protected areas.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in Brazil (in Rio Grande do Sul), Paraguay, and Argentina (in Corrientes and Entre Ríos). It can be found at elevations from 100 to 500 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Argentina (Corrientes, Entre Ríos); Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul); Paraguay
Lower elevation limit (metres): 100
Upper elevation limit (metres): 500
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Population [top]

Population: This cactus is common but not abundant.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species grows on relatively saline, clayey soils with poor drainage. It occurs in low forests or shrublands.
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This cactus is not utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats affecting this cactus.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is present in several protected areas.

Citation: Oakley, L. & Pin, A. 2013. Opuntia assumptionis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T151762A558709. . Downloaded on 26 November 2015.
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