Calflora
Taxon  Report   9584    
Cylindropuntia echinocarpa  (Engelm. & J. M. Bigelow) F. M. Knuth
Silver cholla
Cylindropuntia echinocarpa
© 2010 Michelle Cloud-Hughes
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CalPhotos / Calflora
Cylindropuntia echinocarpa
© 2010 Thomas Stoughton
Cylindropuntia echinocarpa
© 2004 James M. Andre
Cylindropuntia echinocarpa, 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.

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Cylindropuntia echinocarpa
© 2018 Angelique Herman
Family: CACTACEAE  
Genus: Cylindropuntia
Communities: Creosote Bush Scrub, Joshua Tree Woodland, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN + PLANTS: Opuntia echinocarpa
ICPN + PLANTS: Opuntia wigginsii
ICPN: Cylindropuntia ×wigginsii
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More information about  Cylindropuntia echinocarpa
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 (CYEC3)

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]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Dec 16, 2018).