Cylindropuntia spinosior Scientific Name: Cylindropuntia spinosior
Common Name: Walkingstick Cactus
Also Called: Cane Cholla, Spiny Cholla and Toumey-cane Cholla
Family: Cactaceae, Cactus Family
Synonyms: (Opuntia spinosior, Opuntia spinosoir, Opuntia whipplei var. spinosior)
Size: Up to 6 feet.
Growth Form: Tree, Shrub; widely branching, stem segments firmly attached, whorled or sub-whorled, green to purple.
Leaves: Leaves modified into spines or glochids and emerging from areoles.
Flower Color: Red, rose, red-purple, bronze-purple, pink, yellow, greenish yellow or whitish; anthers pale yellow, style white or pink to purple; fruits yellow, sometimes tinged reddish to purplish, broadly cylindric, fleshy, strongly tuberculate, spineless.
Flowering Season: April to August.
Elevation: 1,000 to 6,500 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Desert and plains grasslands, extending onto Sonoran Desert flats, sandy to loamy soils.
Recorded Range: In the United States Walkingstick Cactus is relatively rare where it is found in Arizona and New Mexico. It also occurs in Mexico (Chihuahua, Sonora)
U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: Arizona: Cylindropuntia spinosior, Christmas Cactus is salvage restricted.
Genus Information: In North America there are 29 species and 39 accepted taxa overall for Cylindropuntia. Worldwide, The Plant List includes 43 accepted species names and a further 100 scientific names of infraspecific rank for the genus.
In the Southwestern United States: Arizona has 12 species of genus, California has 10 species, Nevada has 5 species, New Mexico has 8 species, Texas has 6 species, Utah has 3 species. Hybrids excluded, all data is approximate and subject to taxonomic changes.
Comments:The type species for Opuntia spinosior is from southern Arizona.