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- proper noun a genus of slow-growing geophytic cacti; northern and eastern Mexico; southern Texas.
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- noun slow-growing geophytic cacti; northern and eastern Mexico; southern Texas
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Diadre, D. (2004) Michel Scheidweiler y Henri Galeotti, los padres del género Ariocarpus (Cactaceae).
At least 16 endemic genera of woody plants and cacti have been described from this province (e.g. Dasylirion, Eutetras, Sartwellia, Ariocarpus, and Lophophora).
Ariocarpus kotschoubeyanus (a cactus) has become threatened in San Luis Potosí due to land conversion into maize plantations.
The habitat of Ariocarpus agavoides (a cactus) is also threatened by urban expansion.