Pfeiffera ianthothele 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Caryophyllales Cactaceae

Scientific Name: Pfeiffera ianthothele (Monv.) F.A.C.Weber
Cereus ianthothele Monv.
Taxonomic Source(s): Hunt, D., Taylor, N. and Charles, G. (compilers and editors). 2006. The New Cactus Lexicon. dh Books, Milborne Port, UK.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
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.
Previously published Red List assessments:

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.
Countries occurrence:
Argentina (Catamarca, Jujuy, Salta, Tucumán); Bolivia, Plurinational States of
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):600
Upper elevation limit (metres):2500
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:It is a common species, although the population is not very large.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

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).
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Yes

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).

Amended [top]

Amended reason: The species distribution map has been included.

Citation: Lowry, M. 2017. Pfeiffera ianthothele (amended version of 2013 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T152678A121604134. . Downloaded on 19 April 2018.
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