Sneed Pincushion cactus (Coryphantha sneedii var. sneedii)

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Listing Status:   


  • States/US Territories in which the Sneed Pincushion cactus is known to or is believed to occur:  New Mexico , Texas
  • US Counties in which the Sneed Pincushion cactus is known to or is believed to occur:  View All
  • USFWS Refuges in which the Sneed Pincushion cactus is known to occur:  San Andres National Wildlife Refuge
Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
12/07/1979 Southwest Region (Region 2)

» Federal Register Documents

Federal Register Documents
Date Citation Page Title
06/16/1976 41 FR 24523 24572 Proposed Endangered Status for 1700 U.S. Plants; 41 FR 24523 24572
03/29/2010 75 FR 15454 15456 5-Year Status Reviews of 14 Southwestern Species
11/07/1979 44 FR 64741 64743 Determination that Coryphantha sneedii var. sneedii is an Endangered Species

» Recovery

Current Recovery Plan(s)
Date Title Plan Action Status Plan Status
03/21/1986 Sneed/Lee Pincushion Cactus (2 spp.) View Implementation Progress Final
Other Recovery Documents
Date Citation Page Title Document Type
03/29/2010 75 FR 15454 15456 5-Year Status Reviews of 14 Southwestern Species
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation
Five Year Review
Date Title
08/25/2015 Lee Pincushion Cactus and Sneed Pinchusion Cactus 5-yr review

» Critical Habitat

No critical habitat rules have been published for the Sneed Pincushion cactus.

» Conservation Plans

No conservation plans have been created for Sneed Pincushion cactus.

» Petitions

» Life History

Habitat Requirements

The cactus is restricted to limestone and grows in cracks on vertical cliffs or ledges in Chihuahuan desert scrub at elevations of 3,900 to 7,700 feet. All Franklin Mountain New Mexico populations of this plant are restricted to Paleozoic Fusselman Dolomite formations of the Silurian Age. Common plant communities associated with the cactus include creosote (Larrea tridentata), Torrey yucca (Yucca torreyi), gramma grasses (Bouteloua spp.), sotol (Dasylirion wheeleri), ocotillo (Foquieria spledens), and lechugilla (Agave lechugilla). Several other cactus species may also be found within the range of Sneedís pincushion cactus.

Reproductive Strategy

Flowering occurring March through June, fruiting in May through September.


The species is threatened by various land uses (road and utility corridor construction, urban development, recreation uses, livestock grazing, mining activities, and military activities), over collecting, slow recruitment rate, and drought.

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