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Recovery Strategy for the Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia humifusa) in Canada

1. COSEWIC Species Assessment Information

Common Name: Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus

Scientific Name: Opuntia humifusa

Assessment Summary: May 2000

COSEWIC Status: Endangered

Reason for designation: Two existing natural populations with one near extirpation and continued threats from collection.

Canadian Occurrence: Ontario

COSEWIC Status history: Designated Endangered in April 1985. Status re-examined and confirmed Endangered in April 1998 and in May 2000. Last assessment based on an existing status report.

Source: COSEWIC 2000