Cylindropuntia californica

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Cylindropuntia californica
Cylindropuntia californica 1.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae
Genus: Cylindropuntia
Species: C. californica
Binomial name
Cylindropuntia californica
(Torr. & A.Gray) F.M.Knuth
Synonyms

Opuntia parryi

Cylindropuntia californica is a species of cactus known by the common names California cholla, snake cholla, and cane cholla.

Distribution[edit]

Cylindropuntia californica is native to southern California and Baja California, where it grows in coastal sage scrub, chaparral, and other local habitat.

Description[edit]

Cylindropuntia californica is a sprawling cactus which can approach 3 meters in maximum height or width. The green or purple-tinged segments are narrow and cylindrical, surfaced in fleshy tubercles bearing many gray or reddish spines up to 3 centimeters long. The flowers are yellow, sometimes tinged with green or purple. The fruit is dry, leathery, greenish or yellow, and up to 2 or 3 centimeters in length.

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