Cylindropuntia spinosior (Engelm.) F.M. Knuth
Opuntia spinosior (Engelm.) Toumey
Opuntia whipplei Engelm. & Bigelow var. spinosior Engelm.
Cane Cholla, Walkingstick Cactus
Cane cholla is native to southern North America.
Identification: Plants are low, compact, tangled shrubs, 16-79" (40-200 cm) high. Stem segments are rippled with oval tubercules, resembling heavy rope. Each segment is 1¾-9" (5-23 cm) × ½-1¼" (1.3-3.5 cm) around, and green to purple in color. Glochids— clusters of easily detached spines—are yellow to tan to gray a ¹/₃₂-¹/₁₆" (1-2 mm) long. Flowers cover a range of colors, magenta, red, purplish, bronze-purple, yellow, or nearly white; they are up to 3" (7.6 cm) around. Fruits are cylindrical, also covered with tubercules, yellow with purple, ¾-1¾" (2-5 cm) long.
Edibility: Fruits are edible.
Cylindropuntia spinosior on Discover Life
Cylindropuntia spinosior at Southeastern Arizona Wildflowers and the Plants of the Sonoran Desert
Cylindropuntia spinosior on Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness
Cylindropuntia spinosior on Desert-tropicals.com
Cylindropuntia spinosior at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Sonoran Desert Digital Library
Cylindropuntia spinosior on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network
Cylindropuntia spinosior at George and Audrey DeLange's Arizona wildflower site
Cylindropuntia spinosior at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Cylindropuntia spinosior description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 12 Oct 2018.
Range: Zones 8-11: