Opuntia monacantha 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Caryophyllales Cactaceae

Scientific Name: Opuntia monacantha Haw.
Common Name(s):
English Common Pricklypear
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: 2010-06-02
Assessor(s): Taylor, N.P., Zappi, D., Machado, M. & Braun, P.
Reviewer(s): Superina, M. & Goettsch, B.K.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Goettsch, B.K.
Opuntia monacantha is listed as Least Concern because it is widespread and abundant, especially outside of Brazil.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is recorded from southeastern and southern Brazil (central-eastern Minas Gerais, southern Espírito Santo, Rio Grande do Sul, and presumably northern Rio de Janeiro), Paraguay, Uruguay, and northern and eastern Argentina (Formosa, Misiones, Chaco, Corrientes, Santa Fe and Entre Ríos). It is frequently planted and naturalized in other areas including northeastern Brazil. It occurs from sea level to 1,000 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Argentina (Chaco, Corrientes, Entre Ríos, Formosa, Misiones); Brazil (Espírito Santo, Minas Gerais, Rio Grande do Sul); Paraguay; Uruguay
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):1000
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:The species is common along the coast but scarcer inland.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species occurs on sand-dunes in open carrasco and restinga, in southern humid and subhumid forests.

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: The species is grown as an ornamental, especially in areas outside of its natural range.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Given its wide range there are various threats to this species, including urban expansion, tourist development, and agricultural expansion in inland areas. However, none of these has a major impact.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in a number of protected areas.

Amended [top]

Amended reason: The species distribution map has been included.

Citation: Taylor, N.P., Zappi, D., Machado, M. & Braun, P. 2017. Opuntia monacantha (amended version of 2013 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T46518A121560477. . Downloaded on 25 June 2018.
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