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Ferocactus cylindraceus (Engelm.) Orcutt
California barrel cactus, Visnaga
USDA Symbol: fecy
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
1 large columnar or barrel-shaped stem; flowers yellow or reddish near base of petals.
The genus name comes from the Latin ferox (fierce), commonly applied to very spiny plants. Candy Barrel Cactus or Fishhook Barrel Cactus (F. wislizenii), which grows from southern Arizona to western Texas and northern Mexico, is used for making cactus candy. It has in each cluster a large spine oriented upward, then sharply curved downward at the tip, and other central spines much stouter than the slender surrounding spines.
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Apr , May
AZ , CA , NV , UT Native Distribution:
Southern California to south-central Arizona. Native Habitat:
Along washes, on gravelly slopes, and on canyon walls in deserts. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
BenefitUse Food: Native
Americans obtained water from barrel cacti by cutting the top off, making a bowl-shaped depression in the cut surface, and squeezing the surrounding tissue until the depression filled with water. Conspicuous Flowers:
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CA
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Record Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff