Plant Threats to Pacific Ecosystems

PIER species listed by scientific name with growth habit = "cactus"

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This table lists all species profiled on PIER with the growth habit = "cactus".  An alphabetical index to all PIER species is also available. It includes those of environmental concern (including those that are probably of threat only to islands with high elevations) as well as agricultural and ruderal weeds.  Each species is linked by its scientific name to an individual write-up containing relevant information.

Species are listed in alphabetic order.  You can browse this list or use the "find" function on your web browser to search by scientific name.

Can't find it here?  Check the list of synonyms for other names (the more common synonyms are included below) or search other lists and databases available on the Internet.

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Scientific name (+Family) Often-used other Latin names Habit Present on
Pacific Islands?
Primarily a threat
at high elevations?
Acanthocereus hirschtianus   (Cactaceae) Cereus guatemalensis (Britton & Rose) Vaupel; Cereus hirschtianus K. Schum.; Cereus neumanii K. Schum.; Cereus nyctago A. Berger [illegit.]; Cereus triangularis f. guatemalensis (Britton & Rose) Eichlam ex Schelle [unresolved]; Nyctocereus guatemalensis Britton & Rose; Nyctocereus hirschtianus (K. Schum.) Britton & Rose; Nyctocereus neumanii (K. Schum.) Britton & Rose; Peniocereus guatemalensis (Britton & Rose) D. R. Hunt; Peniocereus hirschtianus (K. Schumann) D. R. Hunt cactus Yes No
Brasiliopuntia brasiliensis   (Cactaceae) Cactus brasiliensis Willd.; Opuntia argentina Griseb.; Opuntia brasiliensis (Willd.) Haw. cactus No No
Cereus hildmannianus subsp. uruguayanus   (Cactaceae) Cereus uruguayanus cactus Yes No
Hylocereus costaricensis   (Cactaceae)   cactus Yes No
Hylocereus polyrhizus   (Cactaceae) Cereus polyrhizus F. A. C. Weber cactus Yes No
Opuntia dillenii   (Cactaceae)   cactus Yes No
Opuntia ficus-indica   (Cactaceae) Cactus ficus-indica L.; Opuntia gymnocarpa F. A. C. Weber; Opuntia maxima Mill. cactus Yes No
Opuntia fulgida   (Cactaceae) Cylindropuntia fulgida (Engelm.) F. M. Knuth cactus No No
Opuntia monacantha   (Cactaceae) Opuntia vulgaris auct. mult. cactus Yes No
Opuntia stricta   (Cactaceae)   cactus Yes No
Selenicereus macdonaldiae   (Cactaceae) Cereus macdonaldiae Hook. cactus Yes No

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