Cylindropuntia spinosior

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Cylindropuntia spinosior
File:Cylindropuntia spinosior.jpg
Immature fruits on a plant in Gila County, Arizona
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae
Genus: Cylindropuntia
Species: C. spinosior
Binomial name
Cylindropuntia spinosior
(Engelm.) F.M.Knuth
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A mature fruit of cylindropuntia spinosior

Cylindropuntia spinosior, with the common names include cane cholla, spiny cholla and walkingstick cactus, is a cactus species of the North American deserts.

It is native to Arizona and New Mexico in the United States; and Chihuahua and Sonora in Mexico. [1]


Cylindropuntia spinosior grows to between 0.4 and 1.2 metres in height and has spine-covered stems. Flowers may be rose, red purple, yellow, or white and appear from spring to early summer. These are followed by fruits that are yellow with occasional red or purple tinges.[2]

Invasive species

In Australia, the species is regarded as an emerging weed threat in Queensland where it is known as snake cactus.[3] It is a declared noxious weed in New South Wales where it was first observed to be naturalised in 2000/2001.[2][4] It is also naturalised in South Australia.[4]


  1. "Taxon: Cylindropuntia spinosior (Engelm.) F.M.Knuth". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville Area. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Cylindropuntia spinosior (Engelm.) F.M.Knuth". PlantNET - New South Wales Flora Online. Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney Australia. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  3. "Snake cactus". Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Queensland Government. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Cylindropuntia spinosior". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 

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