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Genus Cylindropuntia Family Cactaceae

Description: Succulent spinose shrubs; segments cylindrical, ± circular in cross section, tuberculate but not regularly angled or winged.

Leaves ± terete, falling very early. Areoles rounded, filled with brownish woolly hairs; glochids present but usually small and harmless; spines scattered in the areoles, brown, covered with papery sheaths.

Flowers borne at end of branches.

Fruit ± globose, spineless.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 40 species, southern U.S.A. & Mexico. Australia: several species (naturalized).

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

Taxa not yet included in identification key
Cylindropuntia fulgida,    Cylindropuntia imbricata,    Cylindropuntia kleiniae,    Cylindropuntia leptocaulis,    Cylindropuntia prolifera,    Cylindropuntia rosea,    Cylindropuntia spinosior,    Cylindropuntia tunicata


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