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Item ID: 27
Family: Cactaceae
Genus: Cylindropuntia
Species: spinosior
Common Name: Cane Cholla
Habitat: Found in desert valleys and grassland areas from 2,000 to 7,000 ft. elevation.
Range: This cholla is found through many areas of southern Arizona, New Mexico, Sonora and Chihuahua, Mexico.
Care: This is a very easy species to grow and is very hardy. In areas of the southeastern United States it is very tolerant of wet and cold weather where it survives and grows very well.
Propagation: Seed and stem cuttings
Size: Plants are variable in growth but can easily attain 8 feet in height and several feet wide.
Shape: Padded/Jointed
Flowers: Variations from light red to dark red, orange to yellow and rarely a creamy white
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Photo Courtesy of Vonn Watkins 2000

This is a very beautiful cholla that has the distinct dark green stems with short white/gray spines and tuberous areoles. It is commonly seen with red flowers in and around the Tucson area. A real favorite target for the notorious Cactus beetle, Moneilema armata. The beetle as you may find it is not the problem but the larvae of the beetle is what really destroys the plant from the inside. Usually you may not know the plant has been attacked until it begins to die.

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