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Cylindropuntia tunicata

Cylindropuntia tunicata (Lehm.) F.M. Knuth

Thistle cholla

Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Synonym(s): Opuntia tunicata, Opuntia tunicata var. tunicata

USDA Symbol: CYTU3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Size Notes: A bushy, erect plant to 1½ft high. Stema and joints are 2½-4 3/4in long and ca. 1½in thick.
Flower: Flowers 2 inches in diameter when fully open.
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Diurnal


Native Distribution: Mexico, possibly also South America.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Heat Tolerant: yes
Conditions Comments: Minimum temperature 50F.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Bibref 1140 - Cacti (1991) Clive Innes and Charles Glass

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Cylindropuntia tunicata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cylindropuntia tunicata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cylindropuntia tunicata


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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