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Eastern Prickly Pear

Opuntia humifusa (Raf.) Raf.

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Opuntia humifusa (Eastern Prickly Pear) is a species of shrub in the family cacti. It is a succulent plant. It has a self-supporting growth form. Eastern Prickly Pear is listed as endangered by COSEWIC and in CITES Appendix II. It is native to the contiguous United States, the contiguous United States, Canada, United States, North America, and eastern north america. It has simple, photosynthetic stem leaves. Flowers are visited by Bicolored Agapostemon. Eastern Prickly Pear is a photoautotroph. Individuals can grow to 0.22 m.

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  • URI: http://eol.org/schema/terms/CITES_II
  • Definition: Appendix II lists species that are not necessarily now threatened with extinction but that may become so unless trade is closely controlled. It also includes so-called "look-alike species", i.e. species whose specimens in trade look like those of species listed for conservation reasons. International trade in specimens of Appendix-II species may be authorized by the granting of an export permit or re-export certificate. No import permit is necessary for these species under CITES (although a permit is needed in some countries that have taken stricter measures than CITES requires). Permits or certificates should only be granted if the relevant authorities are satisfied that certain conditions are met, above all that trade will not be detrimental to the survival of the species in the wild. (See Article IV of the Convention)
  • Source: https://www.speciesplus.net/#/taxon_concepts/28244/legal
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Known occurrences, collected specimens and observations of Eastern Prickly Pear. View this species on GBIF