The following Participating Institutions are custodians for this species in the CPC National Collection:
Red Butte Garden and Arboretum
The conservation of Sclerocactus wrightiae is fully sponsored.
Sylvia Torti contributed to this Plant Profile.
Wright's fishhook cactus was listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1979. (USFWS 1979) A small cactus with short spines. The lovely yellowish to pink flowers can be seen in late April to early June. This cactus grows in south-central Utah in salt desert shrub/grass and pinyon juniper communities between 1460 and 1865 meters.
Distribution & Occurrence
Plants are restricted to fine textured soils derived from Ferron Sandstone, Mancos Shale, Morrison, Summerville, Curtis, Entrada and Carmel Formations. Salt desert shrub/grass and pinyon juniper communities.
|Clark and Groebner report on 1,365 individuals. (2000)|
Conservation, Ecology & Research
Oil, coal and gas exploration
Off-road vehicle use
Road construction and maintenance
Tepedino, V.J. 2002. Section III. Environmental Monitoring. III.5 The Reproductive Biology of Rare Rangeland Plants and Their Vulnerability to Insecticides. Grasshoppers: Their biology, identification and management, User Handbook.