Opuntia Echios var. Echios (Vivai Coruzza Italy Clone) - Galapagos Opuntia echios is a species of plant in the family Cactaceae. It is endemic to the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) and is commonly known as the Galápagos prickly pear, but there are five other species of prickly pears that also are endemic to the archipelago (O. Galapageia, O. helleri, O. insularis, O. megasperma, and O. saxicola) There are five varieties of Opuntia echios, each with a different appearance and distribution: Opuntia echios var. echios on the islands of Santa Cruz, Baltra, Daphne Major and South Plaza, Opuntia echios var. barringtonensis on Sante Fe, Opuntia echios var. gigantea near Academy Bay on Santa Cruz, Opuntia echios var. inermis on the Sierra Negra Volcano on Isabela and Opuntia echios var. zacana on North Seymour Opuntia Echios var. Echios is listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species list as are many of the Galapagos cacti due to invasive species of rats and goats. Please Note : The plant or cuttings of this plant species were garden cultivated from an old collection and they were not removed from their native habitat. All Plants a grown in beautiful California weather under a 40% shade cloth. Make sure to slowly adapt all plants to your local weather. As a general rule of thumb I would recommend quarantining any recent additions to your collections & dousing with your favorite native pollinators friendly insect control prior to adding them to the general populations ALL PROCEEDS ARE GOING TO A STEM/PROGRAMMING PROGRAM AT THE SAN GABRIEL UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT CONTINUATION SCHOOL.