'An asterisk (*) indicates restricted distribution; abbreviated location indicates regional or widespread distribution. B Bahamas, C Cuba, CI Cayman Islands, E. East, F Florida, GA Greater Antilles, H Hispaniola, J Jamaica, LA Lesser Antilles, Mart. Martinique, N. North, PR Puerto Rico, S. South, St. Saint, VI Virgin Islands, W. West

"Conservation categories:

NE 'Not endangered' stands for those taxa commonly represented by a relatively large number of individuals often distributed in geographically widespread populations, which are not facing any inminent threat at present. There are 155 endemics in this category.

PE 'Potentially endangered' is mostly assigned to those highly vulnerable species represented by one or few populations, and few individuals therein, that are not threatened at present but with very little degrading effort can be wiped out of the wild. Forty-six endemic species are listed as such.

ST 'Somewhat threatened' applies to those taxa whose strained wild populations have had a more or less significant detrimental impact, that if maintained could lead to the extinction of the species. The plants under this category are expected to recover relatively easily if the strain ceases and adequate sound management plans for protection are applied. There are 28 species given this status.

HE 'Highly endangered to nearly extinct' is the hottest category; most of the species listed here are unsalvagable unless very urgent actions arc taken immediately to preserve them for posterity. Unfortunately, for Opuntia borinquensis, Cnidoscolus J'mgrans, and C. quiiiquelobatus it seems that nothing can possibly be done at this moment. Fourteen species in total fall into this conservation category.


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