Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa

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Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa
Buck-horn cholla
Buckhorn Cholla.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae
Genus: Cylindropuntia
Species: C. acanthocarpa
Binomial name
Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa
Engelm. & J.M. Bigelow
Synonyms

Opuntia acanthocarpa

Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa, commonly referred to as Buck horn cholla, is a cactus native to the deserts of southern California, southern Nevada, southwestern Utah and Arizona in the United States.

The plant is found in the Mojave Desert and the Sonoran Deserts, including the Colorado Desert of California.

Varieties[edit]

There are a number of recognized varieties include:

  • Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa var. acanthocarpa [1]
  • Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa var. coloradensis — L.D. Benson; Colorado buckhorn cholla. [2]
  • Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa var. ganderi — (C.B. Wolf) L.D. Benson
  • Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa var. major — Engelm. & J.M. Bigelow [3]
  • Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa var. ramosa — Peebles
  • Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa var. thornberi — (Thornber & Bonker) L.D. Benson; Thornber's buckhorn cholla. [4]
Flower
During winter dryness.

Ethnobotany[edit]

  • Early spring was called ko’oak macat(the painful moon) by the Tohono O’odham because of scarce food supplies. During this season, they turned to cacti for food and pit-roasted thousands of calcium-rich cholla flower buds.
  • Today’s O’odham people still pit-roast or boil the cholla buds, which taste like asparagus tips.

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