Includes cacti, carnations, amaranths, ice plants, and many carnivorous plants
Succulent (water-storing) plants, often spiny
After Cyrus Guernsey Pringle (1838-1911), a Quaker imprisoned for refusal to enter the Union Army, later an ardent collector and classifier of southwestern flora, eventually donating 500,000 specimens to the University of Vermont, to what became the Pringle Herbarium
These imposing cacti are native to the Sonoran Desert and on the Baja peninsula in Mexico.
Identification: Cardón occurs as very tall columns, sometimes branched, up to 36′ (11 m) high, with
trunks 2′ (60 cm) in diameter. They closely resemble Saguaros,
a related species, and play a similar ecological role. Stems are strongly furrowed with 10-16 ribs, dark green or bluish green,
becoming yellow green. Multiple white flowers appear near the tips, each up to 3″ (8 cm) long.
They are shaped like funnels or bells. Spherical fruits are covered with yellowish brown fine hairs and bristles,
and are 2½″ (7 cm) long.
Green fruit (left), mature fruit, and the fruit interior. By Wilfredor.