Colorado: Threatened cactus found to be 3 separate species
DENVER, Colorado – Federal wildlife biologists say a threatened cactus found in Colorado and Utah is actually three different cacti, and all of them are considered threatened.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday the Uinta (you-IN’-tuh) Basin hookless cactus was determined to be three distinct species based on genetic and biological studies.
One species is still called the Uinta Basin hookless cactus. The newly named species are the Pariette and the Colorado hookless cacti.
All are shaped like small balls or barrels. The Pariette has a short, hooked central spine while the others have straight spines. They have purple to pinkish flowers.
In 2006, the Fish and Wildlife Service denied a petition from the National Wilderness Institute to remove the Uinta Basin hookless cactus from federal protection.