Cipocereus pusilliflorus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Caryophyllales Cactaceae

Scientific Name: Cipocereus pusilliflorus
Species Authority: (F.Ritter) Zappi & N.P.Taylor
Floribunda pusilliflora F.Ritter
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: Critically Endangered D ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2010-08-10
Assessor(s): Taylor, N.P. & Zappi, D.
Reviewer(s): Chanson, J.S.
This species is listed as Critically Endangered given that it has a very small population (less than 50 individuals). Further research is needed to determine whether it is present in other areas as well as monitoring of the known population.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2002 Critically Endangered (CR)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to the west slope of Serra Geral (northern Serra do Espinha├žo), east of Monte Azul, in central-northern Minas Gerais, Brazil. It occurs at elevations from 800 - 1,000 m asl. The distribution is severely fragmented and it is only known from one location.
Countries occurrence:
Brazil (Minas Gerais)
Lower elevation limit (metres):800
Upper elevation limit (metres):1000
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Population [top]

Population:The total number of individuals in the only known population is less than 50. Plants are scattered throughout its distribution.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Number of mature individuals:49

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species occurs in northern campo rupestre element, on cliffs and ledges of crystalline rocks.

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There is no information regarding use and trade for this species.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is not present in any protected areas. It is maintained in a few ex situ collections in Europe, including that at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in the United Kingdom.

Classifications [top]

2. Savanna -> 2.1. Savanna - Dry
suitability: Suitable  
0. Root -> 6. Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks)
suitability: Suitable  
1. Land/water protection -> 1.1. Site/area protection
3. Species management -> 3.4. Ex-situ conservation -> 3.4.2. Genome resource bank

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
  Occur in at least one PA:No
In-Place Species Management
  Subject to ex-situ conservation:Yes
In-Place Education
  Included in international legislation:Yes
  Subject to any international management/trade controls:Yes
1. Research -> 1.2. Population size, distribution & trends
1. Research -> 1.3. Life history & ecology
3. Monitoring -> 3.1. Population trends

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2013.1). Available at: (Accessed: 12 June 2013).

Taylor, N.P. and Zappi, D.C. 2004. Cacti of Eastern Brazil. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Zappi, D.C. and Taylor, N.P. 1991. Cipocereus. In: D.R. Hunt and N.P. Taylor (eds) Notes on miscellaneous genera of Cactaceae. Bradleya 9: 86.

Citation: Taylor, N.P. & Zappi, D. 2013. Cipocereus pusilliflorus. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T40882A2940366. . Downloaded on 28 November 2015.
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