Northern Range Limit of Opuntia fragilis and the Cactaceae is 56°N, Not 58°N

  title={Northern Range Limit of Opuntia fragilis and the Cactaceae is 56°N, Not 58°N},
  author={Root Gorelick},
Abstract Two of the most used sources for distributions of cacti (Cactaceae) indicate the family's northern range limit is either 58°N or 58°15′N for Opuntia fragilis. However these sources overstate the range limit by almost two degrees, an error that probably originated as a simple misreading of the latitude of Fort St. John. I discuss records of O. fragilis at and just south of 56°17′ N along the Peace River valley between Fort St. John, British Columbia and Peace River, Alberta, as well as… 
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  • R. Gorelick
  • Environmental Science
    Cactus and Succulent Journal
  • 2017
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