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Genus Austrocylindropuntia Family Cactaceae

Description: Succulent shrubs, spinose; segments ± cylindric in cross section with elevated tubercles.

Leaves terete, falling very early. Areoles elongated, depressed, filled with white woolly hairs; glochids present but very small; spines 3 or more, sometimes absent on cultivated plants.

Flowers with ovary strongly tuberculate, depressed at apex.

Fruit ± globose.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 18 species, South America. Australia: 2 species (naturalized), Qld, N.S.W.

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Austrocylindropuntia cylindrica

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