Cacti facing extinction, study warns

 Cacti facing extinction, study warns

By Mark Kinver Environment reporter, BBC News

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Although cacti are now found worldwide, all but one species’ natural range is limited to the Americas

Almost one-third of cactus species are under threat as a result of over-harvesting and illegal trade in the plants, a global study has concluded.

Conservationists voiced concern, saying the level of threat to cacti was much greater than previously thought.

The plants are a vital component of arid ecosystems, providing a source of food and water for many animals. Read more.