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Cylindropuntia spinosior (Engelm.) F.M. Knuth

Opuntia whipplei Engelm. & J.M. Bigelow var. spinosior Engelm.

Opuntia spinosior (Engelm.) Toumey

Opuntia whipplei Engelm. & Bigelow var. spinosior Engelm.

Cane cholla, walkingstick cactus

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’

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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.


Anderson, Edward F., The Cactus Family, Timber Press, 2001, p. 213

Online References:

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 25 May 2020.

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Cylindropuntia spinosior (cane cholla, walkingstick cactus)

5/7/2014 · American Southwest (AZ or TX) · By Jacquelyn Boyt

Cylindropuntia spinosior (cane cholla, walkingstick cactus)

5/9/2014 · American Southwest (AZ or TX) · By Jacquelyn Boyt

Cylindropuntia spinosior (cane cholla, walkingstick cactus)

5/24/2009 · Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Ari­zona
≈ 3½ × 2' (1 × 0.7 m) ID is uncertain

Range: Zones 8-11:

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