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Pilosocereus polygonus (Lam.) Byles & Rowley
Deering's tree cactus

General Information
Symbol: PIPO4
Group: Dicot
Family: Cactaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Tree
Native Status: L48   N
Data Source and Documentation
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Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Navassa Island NAV    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM    North America NA   


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Symbol Scientific Name Other Common Names
CEDE9 Cephalocereus deeringii Small
CEKE2 Cephalocereus keyensis Britton & Rose
CERO3 Cereus robinii (Lem.) L.D. Benson
CEROD Cereus robinii (Lem.) L.D. Benson var. deeringii (Small) L.D. Benson
CEROK Cereus robinii (Lem.) L.D. Benson var. keyensis (Britton & Rose) L.D. Benson ex Long & Lakela
PIRO8 Pilocereus robinii Lem.
PIBA4 Pilosocereus bahamensis (Britton) Byles & Rowley
PIRO5 Pilosocereus robinii (Lem.) Byles & Rowley Key tree cactus
PIROD Pilosocereus robinii (Lem.) Byles & Rowley var. deeringii (Small) Kartesz & Gandhi Deering's tree cactus
PIROR2 Pilosocereus robinii (Lem.) Byles & Rowley var. robinii Key tree cactus


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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Caryophyllidae
Order Caryophyllales
Family Cactaceae – Cactus family
Genus Pilosocereus Byles & Rowley – tree cactus
Species Pilosocereus polygonus (Lam.) Byles & Rowley – Deering's tree cactus

Subordinate Taxa

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Legal Status

Threatened and Endangered Information:
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete protected plant list for that location.
Pilosocereus robinii
Key tree cactus
Cereus robinii
tree cactus
Bahamian treecactus



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Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds

Description of Values

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