Star Cactus

Endangered

Information on the Star Cactus

Information: Astrophytum asterias is a species of cactus in the genus Astrophytum ,and is native to small parts of Texas in the United States and Mexico. Common names include Sand Dollar Cactus,Sea Urchin Cactus, Star Cactus and Star Peyote.


Description: This small, round cactus is low-domed and spineless, resembling a dead, spineless sea urchin in appearance. The disc-shaped body is divided into 7 - 10 sections, known as ribs; in the middle of each rib there are woolly areoles. The body is a greenish-brown colour and may appear speckled from its covering of white scales .The flowers of this cactus are yellow with red bases and the outer parts are very woolly . Green to pink oval fruits are produced; the outside coat is covered with woolly hairs .


Living Area: Today this species is associated with thorn scrub, amongst rocky ground; it may have previously occupied richer, flat grasslands that have since been developed


Why endangered? - this species is endangered because of collection as window plants and pesticides .

What we can do to save this species...

We can stop collecting them as window plants and be more frugal and careful with harmful but needed pesticides.