CPC Plant Profile: Recurved Cory Cactus
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Recurved Cory Cactus (Coryphantha recurvata)

  • Global Rank: G3 - Vulnerable
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Cactaceae
  • State: AZ
  • Nature Serve ID: 159570
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 02/09/1992

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Nature Serve Biotics
  • 05/02/2017

Known from western Santa Cruz county, AZ south into Sonora, Mexico. At least 25 sites are present in the U.S., although population size at many sites is small and there is concern that recruitment is insufficient to maintain viable populations. However, the Mexican range is considerably larger than the U.S. range, and population sizes are believed to be generally larger there. Few occurrences are protected. Threats include livestock grazing (especially in the U.S. where it is known to be poorly managed), altered fire ecology due to non-native plant invasion, off-road vehicle use, and horticultural collection. The species is prized by collectors, and significant declines in roadside populations have been noted.

  • 01/01/2010

plants growing on roadsides are being collected

  • 01/01/2010

total AZ population number is unknown; total number of plants in AZ is ca. 100-200 plants ca. 20-30 plants are known in Sonora

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Taxon Coryphantha recurvata
Authority (Engelm.) Britton & Rose
Family Cactaceae
CPC Number 1085
ITIS 19833
Common Names Golden-chested Beehive Cactus | Recurved Corycactus | Santa Cruz beehive cactus | Biznaga-partida de espinas curvas
Associated Scientific Names Coryphantha recurvata | Mammillaria recurvata | Coryphantha engelmannii | Coryphantha recurvata subsp. recurvata
State Rank
State State Rank
Arizona S3

Ecological Relationships

Common Name Name in Text Association Type Source InteractionID
Lead Institution State Reintroduction Type Year of First Outplanting

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