CPC Plant Profile: Star Cactus
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Star Cactus (Astrophytum asterias)

Photo Credit: Dick McEuen
  • Global Rank: G1 - Critically Imperiled
  • Legal Status: Federally Endangered
  • Family: Cactaceae
  • State: TX

small, spineless cacti

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Taxon Astrophytum asterias
Authority (Zucc.) Lem.
Family Cactaceae
CPC Number 1543
ITIS 192203
Common Names Sea Urchin Cactus | Star Cactus | Biznaga-algononcillo de estrella | sanddollar
Associated Scientific Names Astrophytum asterias | Echinocactus asterias | Astrophytum asterias var. magnipunctatum | Astrophytum asterias var. multipunctatum | Astrophytum asterias var. nudicarpa | Astrophytum asterias var. nudum | Astrophytum asterias var. pubescente | Astrophytum asterias var. roseiflorum | Astrophytum asterias var. seminudum | Echinocactus asterias var. nudus
Distribution NA
State Rank
State State Rank
Texas S1S2

gravelly loam in Tamaulipan thorn scrub occurs on gentle slopes and flats in grasslands or shrublands on the Rio Grande Plains or Tamaulipan thorn scrub the known Texas site occurs within a drainage

Ecological Relationships


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Common Name Name in Text Association Type Source
Chimney bees Diadasia rinconis Confirmed Pollinator Link
Mining bees Macrotera lobata Confirmed Pollinator Link
Bee flies Anthrax irroratus Confirmed Pollinator Link

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