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Acanthocereus tetragonus (triangle cactus)

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Wikipedia Abstract

Acanthocereus tetragonus is a species of cactus that is native to southern Florida and the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas in the United States, Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, and northern South America. Common names include night-blooming cereus, barbed-wire cactus, sword-pear, dildo cactus, triangle cactus, and Órgano-alado de pitaya (Spanish). It was originally described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753 as Cactus tetragonus but was moved to the genus Acanthocereus in 1938 by Pieter Wagenaar Hummelinck.
View Wikipedia Record: Acanthocereus tetragonus

Invasive Species

Acanthocereus tetragonus is native to South America and Central America and is the most popular and largest cactus of its kind, growing from 2 to 7m tall. This cactus can form impenetrable thickets threatening native plants.
View ISSG Record: Acanthocereus tetragonus


Lifespan [1]  Perennial
Structure [1]  Vine

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Everglades and Dry Tortugas Biosphere Reserve   Florida, United States  
Palo Verde National Park II 46190 Costa Rica  
Santa Rosa National Park II 95780 Costa Rica


Catagonus wagneri (Chacoan peccary)[2]
Hypogeococcus pungens[3]


Caribbean; North America; Oceania;

External References

USDA Plant Profile



Attributes / relations provided by
1USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture
2Catagonus wagneri, John J. Mayer and Ralph M. Wetzel, Mammalian Species No. 259, pp. 1-5 (1986)
3Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
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