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Abstract

New records of cacti (Opuntioideae & Cactoideae, Cactaceae) from Tunisia.

Abstract

Botanical surveys undertaken in Central and Northern Tunisia (North Africa), mostly between 2012 and 2018, have revealed first records and/or new distributional records for non-native succulents (sensu lato) belonging to the Cactaceae family. Some can be considered naturalised or even potentially invasive [e.g. Opuntia dillenii (Ker Gawl.) Haw.], whereas others are here reported for the first time for North Africa, either as recently naturalised or casual, e.g.: Echinopsis eyriesii (Turpin) Zuccarini, Opuntia dejecta Salm-Dyck, O. lindheimeri Engelm., O. monacantha Haw and O. robusta J.C. Wendl. ex Pfeiff. Short descriptions are given for each of these species, comments on their actual status were pointed out and field photographs are provided.