Pfeiffera ianthothele


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Pfeiffera ianthothele
Species Authority: (Monv.) F.A.C.Weber
Cereus ianthothele Monv.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2010-09-23
Assessor(s): Lowry, M.
Reviewer(s): Superina, M. & Goettsch, B.K.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Superina, M.
Pfeiffera ianthothele has a wide distribution and is relatively common. Although it is affected by habitat loss and extraction of mature individuals, these factors are not considered to have a sufficiently elevated impact to classify this species in a threatened category. It is therefore listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in Argentina in Catamarca, Jujuy, Salta and Tucumán, and in Bolivia in Cochabamba, Chuquisaca, Santa Cruz and Tarija. It grows at altitudes between 600 and 2,500 m asl.
Argentina (Catamarca, Jujuy, Salta, Tucumán); Bolivia, Plurinational States of
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species, although the population is not very large.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This cactus grows as an epiphyte on several species of trees in dry forests in the limit between Yunga forests and the Chaco (Kiesling and Ferrari 2009).
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: The species is sought after by collectors.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat loss due to land use changes is affecting this species. Furthermore, collectors are extracting mature individuals, but this is considered to represent a low risk to the survival of the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This cactus occurs in Parque Nacional Campo de los Alisos (Tucumán), Parque Nacional Calilegua (Jujuy), and Parque Nacional El Rey (Salta).

Citation: Lowry, M. 2013. Pfeiffera ianthothele. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 30 March 2015.
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