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Erect Prickly Pear

Opuntia stricta (Haw.) Haw.

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Opuntia stricta (Erect Prickly Pear) is a species of shrub in the family cacti. They are succulent plants. They have a self-supporting growth form. They are listed in cites appendix ii. They are native to Central America, Cuba, Puerto Rico, The Contiguous United States, Eastern North America, South America, Mexico, US Minor Outlying Islands, North America, Atlantic Ocean, West Indies, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States, and Bermuda. They have photosynthetic stem leaves. Flowers are visited by sweat bees, Halictus, Oxythyrea funesta, and Buff-tailed bumblebee.

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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/20514/legal
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Known occurrences, collected specimens and observations of Erect Prickly Pear. View this species on GBIF