Opuntia megarrhiza

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Opuntia megarrhiza
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae
Genus: Opuntia
Species: O. megarrhiza
Binomial name
Opuntia megarrhiza
Rose

Opuntia megarrhiza Rose is a species of plant in the Cactaceae family. It is endemic to the state of San Luís Potosí in northeastern Mexico.[1]

It is known only from 5 populations, around the summits of La Trinidad and Álvarez Mountain Ranges, in San Luis Potosí, northeastern Mexico. [2] Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland.

It is an endangered species, threatened by habitat loss, grazing, and harvest for traditional medicinal uses.

Synonyms[edit]

  • Opuntia megarrhiza Rose, Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 10:126. 1906. [3]
    • Opuntia macrorhiza var. potosina Hernández-Valencia, Acta Cientifica Potosina 10:155-162. 1988. [4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ H.M. Hernández, C. Gómez-Hinostrosa, & R.T. Barcenas. 2001. Studies on Mexican Cacti II: Opuntia megarrhiza, a poorly known endemic from San Luís Potosí, México. Brittonia 528-533.
  2. ^ Hernández, H.M., Gómez-Hinostrosa, C. & Goettsch, B. 2002. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Opuntia megarrhiza. accessed 3.23.2013
  3. ^ Rose, Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 10:126. 1906
  4. ^ Hernández-Valencia, Acta Cientifica Potosina 10:155-162. 1988.

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