Interim profile, incomplete information
Taxonomic name: Acanthocereus tetragonus (L.) Humm.
Synonyms: Acanthocereus floridanus Small, Acanthocereus pentagonus (L.) Britton & Rose, Cactus pentagonus L., Cereus pentagonus L.
Common names: barbed-wire cactus (English), sword-pear (English), triangle cactus (English)
Organism type: succulent
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.
agricultural areas, coastland, ruderal/disturbed, scrub/shrublands
Native range: Native from Florida to Texas and from central America to northern South America .
Known introduced range: New Caledonia and Hawaii (PIER, 2007).
Compiled by: Comité français de l'UICN (IUCN French Committee) & IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG)
Last Modified: Friday, 14 March 2008