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Cylindropuntia spinosior (Engelm.) F.M. Knuth

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, 1-6½′ (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:

Discover Life

Southeastern Arizona Wildflowers and the Plants of the Sonoran Desert

Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness


The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Sonoran Desert Digital Library

SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network

George and Audrey DeLange's Arizona wildflower site

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Cylindropuntia spinosior (cane cholla, walkingstick cactus)

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

Opuntia spinosior (Engelm.) Toumey

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


Cylindropuntia spinosior description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 5 Oct 2021.

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Cylindropuntia spinosior (cane cholla, walkingstick cactus)

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

Cylindropuntia spinosior (cane cholla, walkingstick cactus)


Cylindropuntia spinosior (cane cholla, walkingstick cactus)

5/24/2009 · Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Ari­zona ID is uncertain

Range: Zones 8-11:

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