Calflora
Taxon  Report   9589    
Cylindropuntia ramosissima  (Engelm.) F. M. Knuth
Branched pencil cholla
Cylindropuntia ramosissima
© 2005 James M. Andre
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Cylindropuntia ramosissima
© 2009 Keir Morse
Cylindropuntia ramosissima
© 2010 Thomas Stoughton
Cylindropuntia ramosissima, a dicot, is a shrub (stem succulent) that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America, Arizona.

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Cylindropuntia ramosissima
© 2005 James M. Andre
Family: CACTACEAE  
Genus: Cylindropuntia
Communities: Creosote Bush Scrub, Joshua Tree Woodland
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN + PLANTS: Opuntia ramosissima
More information about  Cylindropuntia ramosissima
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

USDA PLANTS Profile (CYRA9)

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


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]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Jan 17, 2019).