Endangered Florida Cactus


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On Nov. 25, a seldom-seen Southwest Florida cactus species will be listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service…

“It was probably never super-abundant,” wildlife service botanist David Bender said. “Of the populations known historically, they’ve declined from numbers in the hundreds to double or single digits.”

Also known as prickly apple cactus, west coast prickly apple and yellow prickly apple, the aboriginal prickly apple is found on coastal berms and spoil mounds, Indian shell mounds, maritime hammocks and coastal grasslands.

The cactus, by the way, is the Harrisia aboriginum


    
    
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