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Consolea rubescens (Salm-Dyck ex DC.) Lem.

Road kill cactus

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These cacti are natives of the Lesser Antilles, Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. They are not found in the wild in continental North America.

Identification: These tree-like cacti can reach 20' (6 m) and 6" (15 cm) in diameter. Lower trunks are nearly round, becoming somewhat more flattened higher. Spine clusters may be present; if so, they are up to 3" (8 cm) long. Stem segments at the top are flat, covered with little bumps, and up to 10" (25 cm) long. If spines are present, they are very thin, ⅜-2" (1-6 cm) long. Flowers may be red to orange to yellow, and up to 2" (6 cm) long. Fruits are roughly oval-shaped, and up to 3" (8 cm) around.


Anderson, Edward F., The Cactus Family, Timber Press, 2001, p. 173

Online References:

Consolea rubescens on Desert-tropicals.com

Consolea rubescens on www.biodiversidadvirtual.org

Opuntia rubescens Salm-Dyck ex DC.

Opuntia rubescens

Opuntia guanicana

Consolea guanicana



Consolea rubescens description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Consolea rubescens (road kill cactus)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, Cali­fornia


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