Synonym: Opuntia imbricata
Common Name: tree cholla
Origin: Cylindropuntia imbricata originates from the arid regions of Northern Mexico and the Southwestern United States, primarily occurring in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada. The cacti tolerates a wide range of habitats, including sandy deserts, arid planes, and mountains up to 2,400 meters in elevation.
Description: C. imbricata is a tree-like cactus that develops many candelabra-like branches from a wooden trunk. The cylindrical segments are dark green, forming long spines with papery, detachable sheaths, and glochids that emerge from woolen areoles. From late spring to early summer, showy, bowl-shaped flowers will bloom, purple to magenta in color, with yellow stigma. Flowers will be followed by orange, egg-shaped, and persistent fruits.
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