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Cylindropuntia ganderi (C.B. Wolf) J. Rebman

Gander’s cholla

ParentsUnknownGenus is not in the current taxonomy
GenusCylindropuntiafrom the Greek kylindros, “a cylinder,” plus genus Opuntia, this is now the new genus of the so-called ‘true chollas’
SpeciesganderiNamed after Frank Forest Gander (1899-1976), Curator of Botany at the San Diego Museum of Natural History

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Gander's cholla is native to California and Baja California, Mexico.

Identification: Gander's cholla is shrub-like, with many erect, upright branches. Stem segments are green, 1¾-8″ (5-20 cm) × ⅝-1¾″ (1.7-4.5 cm), with prominent bumps. Each spine group contains 11-28 spines, each ¾-1¼″ (2-3.5 cm) long. Spines are white to reddish, closely spaced enough to overlap each other. Flowers are greenish-yellow, 1½-2″ (3.8-5 cm) around. Fruits resemble burrs, and are yellowish in color.


Anderson, Edward F., The Cactus Family, Timber Press, 2001, p. 208

Online References:


Wayne's Word

The Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association



Opuntia acanthocarpa Engelm. & J.M. Bigelow var. ganderi (C.B. Wolf) L.D. Benson

Opuntia acanthocarpa Engelm. & J.M. Bigelow ssp. ganderi C.B. Wolf

Opuntia ganderi (C.B. Wolf) J. Rebman & Pinkava


Cylindropuntia ganderi description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Cylindropuntia ganderi (Gander’s cholla)

2/28/2010 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Cali­fornia · ≈ 8 × 12″ (20 × 31 cm)


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