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Cylindropuntia echinocarpa  (Engelm. & J. M. Bigelow) F. M. Knuth
Silver cholla
Cylindropuntia echinocarpa is a shrub (stem succulent) that is native to California, and also found elsewhere in western North America.
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Genus: Cylindropuntia
Family: Cactaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Communities: Creosote Bush Scrub, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland, Joshua Tree Woodland
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
JEFCylindropuntia Xwigginsii
JEFCylindropuntia wigginsii
JEFOpuntia Xwigginsii
JEF + PLANTSOpuntia echinocarpa
Information about  Cylindropuntia echinocarpa from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Jepson eFlora


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[Wikipedia] Taxonomy: The first description as Opuntia echinocarpa by George Engelmann and John Milton Bigelow was published in 1856. Frederik Marcus Knuth placed the species in the genus Cylindropuntia in 1936. Further nomenclature synonyms are Cactus echinocarpus (Engelm. & J.M.Bigelow) Lem. (1868) and Grusonia echinocarpa (Engelm. & J.M.Bigelow) G.D.Rowley (2006). (link added by Mary Ann Machi)

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 07/20/2024).