A mobile desert plant – The rare crawling devil cactus of Baja California, Mexico is potentially threatened

Yoav Bashan, Luz E. de-Bashan, Ma. Esther Puente,

Jose-Luis León de La Luz, and Luis A. Leyva

General habitat of the crawling devil cactus near Puerto San Carlos

Among several endemic (growing in only one region) and rare plants of Baja California, Mexico, the crawling devil cactus has a unique place. It is the only plant species in Mexico that has the practical capacity to move from one location to the other, and to stay alive, and the only non-erect cactus in the country. This cactus has a very limited range of group that put it immediately under threat of extinction when its small habitats are considered for urban, touristic, and recreational developments. Such a threat is now apparent in the Bahía Magdalena area in the state of Baja California Sur, Mexico, where this plant grows. The threat comes from plans for a major tourist destination. This website present photos and popular articles written by a group of concerned scientists in Spanish, English, and Hebrew. Our objective is to publicize the plight of this plant species for conservation to the Mexican authorities and that its remote habitats should be declared protected areas with no significant development except limited-impact ecotourism.

Key words: Baja California, cactus, desert plants, endemic plants, danger of extinction, Mexico, Stenocereus eruca.

About the authors he authors are scientists at a research institute of the Mexican federal government where part of their work is to conserve the unique flora of Baja California. This website does not reflect the institutional opinion on these issues.

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Version: October 2005

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