Pereskia bleo 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Caryophyllales Cactaceae

Scientific Name: Pereskia bleo (Kunth) DC.
Common Name(s):
Spanish Abrojo
Cactus bleo Kunth.
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: No issues related to its taxonomy.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2011-07-27
Assessor(s): Griffith, P., Gann, G.D. & Nassar, J.
Reviewer(s): Superina, M. & Goettsch, B.K.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): García, N.
Pereskia bleo is assessed as Least Concern because of its wide distribution, number of locations, its occurrence in inaccessible places, and its wide cultivation for use as a hedge.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in Colombia and Panama (Leuenberger 1986, Hunt et al. 2006). It grows at altitudes between sea level and 1,300 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Colombia; Panama
Additional data:
Number of Locations:8
Upper elevation limit (metres):1300
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:There is no information available about the population status or trend of this species.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species grows on sandy margins of rivers in humid tropical evergreen forests (Leuenberger 1986, N. Taylor pers. comm. 2011).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: The species is used as an ornamental in some parts of its range (G. Grann pers. comm. 2011). In Colombia it is used as a natural hedge (Leuenberger 1986) and to purify water.  In Malaysia, the leaves are used to treat cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and diseases associated with rheumatism and inflammation. They are also used as a remedy for the relief of gastric pain, ulcers and for revitalizing the body. The leaves are either consumed raw or made into a concoction brewed from fresh leaves (Malek et al. 2009). Methanolic extracts of P. bleo have been found to induce apoptosis in breast carcinoma cells (Tan et al. 2004)  .

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats are known at the species level.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No main conservation measures are proposed.

Amended [top]

Amended reason: The species distribution map has been included.

Citation: Griffith, P., Gann, G.D. & Nassar, J. 2017. Pereskia bleo (amended version of 2013 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T152000A121574961. . Downloaded on 19 August 2018.
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