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

2. Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus Status Information

Considered an Endangered plant species in Canada, as well as Endangered in Ontario (Endangered Species Act, 2007), the Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus reaches the northern edge of its range in the southern tip of Ontario. The Canadian population represents much less than one percent of the global abundance of this species. The three extant native populations of the species are found at two locations (two at Point Pelee National Park and one at Fish Point Provincial Nature Reserve).

Conservation Status Ranks (Nature Serve, 2009):

Geographic ScaleRankStatus
Global:G5Secure - common, widespread and abundant
National (USA):N5Secure - common, widespread and abundant
National (Canada):N1Critically Imperiled
Sub-national (Ontario):S1Critically Imperiled

(see also Population and Distribution Context).