Taxon  Report   5949 
Opuntia ramosissima  Engelm.  (not an active name; please see Cylindropuntia ramosissima)
Branched pencil cholla,  Pencil cactus, Pencil cholla
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Opuntia ramosissima, a dicot, is a shrub (stem succulent) that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America, Arizona.

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Opuntia ramosissima
© 2005 James M. Andre
Genus: Opuntia
Creosote Bush Scrub, Joshua Tree Woodland
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Name Status:
Accepted in JM93
TJM2 + PLANTS accepted name: Cylindropuntia ramosissima
NOTE: Opuntia ramosissima is not an active name in the Calflora species table.
More information about  Opuntia ramosissima
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Commercial availability unknown.
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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2017. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Mar 28, 2017).

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