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Higo Chumbo (Harrisia portoricensis)

  • Global Rank: G1 - Critically Imperiled
  • Legal Status: Federally Threatened
  • Family: Cactaceae
  • State: PR
  • Nature Serve ID: 158613
  • Lifeform: Tree, Shrub
  • Categories of Interest: Cacti/Succulents
  • Date Inducted in National Collection:

Where is Higo Chumbo (Harrisia portoricensis) located in the wild?

States & Provinces:

Higo Chumbo can be found in Puerto Rico

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Conservation Actions

Tina Stanley
  • 05/11/2023
  • Orthodox Seed Banking

According to a March 2023 extract of the Florida Plant Rescue Database, Naples Botanical Garden holds 8 accessions of Harrisia portoricensis.

Nature Serve Biotics
  • 05/02/2017

Found only on the island of Puerto Rico (historically) and on small adjacent offshore islands within the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

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Taxon Harrisia portoricensis
Authority Britton
Family Cactaceae
CPC Number 2144
ITIS 19864
Duration Perennial
Common Names Puerto Rico applecactus | higo chumbo
Associated Scientific Names Harrisia portoricensis | Cereus portoricensis
State Rank
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Puerto Rico
Ecological Relationships

Common Name Name in Text Association Type Source InteractionID
Bats Suspected Pollinator Floral Link

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