STATES CHRONICLE – After assessing the current situation of the top rarest species of cacti in the U.S. territory, researchers have come to the conclusion that most specimens are critically endangered. The most harmful activity seems to be illegal trading.
Much like animals and birds, flowers also run the risk of becoming extinct, especially when they are constantly haunted by illegal collectors. It is also the case of many cactus species in the United States, which could soon become extinct unless the International Union for Conservation of Nature takes the right measures.
Depending on their physical characteristics, researchers estimate that the top rarest species of cacti are Blossfeldia liliputana, the Atrichoke Cactus and the Turbinicarpus subterraneus. Although they may not appear exceedingly beautiful, the three species have unique traits that make them stand out from the rest of the existing species.
Turbinicarpus subterraneus has been labeled as an endangered species because it can only be found in specific areas. It is a very resistant plant, but the constant pressure coming from the outside environment has diminished its population. As the name says it, this species of cactus is rare because great part of its body lies below the soil’s surface. This particularity enables the plant to store larger quantities of water for longer periods of time.
The Atrichoke Cactus is a blooming cactus that has an unusual cone-like shape. The plant may sometimes fail to draw people’s attention when in its normal condition, but once in bloom, it will definitely turn heads. The other good news is that the cactus makes edible flowers.
Yet, conservationists will all agree on this one: the rarest species of cactus is the Blossfeldia liliputana. The species is one of the smallest to have ever been seen; plants rarely grow bigger than 1.3 centimeters, so they are almost always a delight to look at.
Unfortunately, many of these species run the risk of becoming extinct, according to the recent statistics that researchers at the International Union for Conservation of Nature have published. 31% of cacti are threatened by illegal trading activities, which has prompted conservationists to intervene.
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