Cylindropuntia (G. Engelmann) F. Knuth (1930)

(Latin "cylindrus" = cylinder; and after the genus Opuntia)
because of the relationship and the cylindric shoots
in this genus are all species from north- and central America,
all south american species are together in Austrocylindropuntia

prickly pear, ± large, branched, erect or also procumbent
ribs absent, distinct tubercles, spines numerous, brown, reddish or yellow,
with sheaths, occasionally only rudimentary, glochids existing
flowers appear at the whole branch, red, yellow or multi colored
fruits with spines, partly proliferated

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southwest and south of USA
Mexico to south up to Mexico City
Hispaniola, West Indian Islands
warm steppes

Growth period

sunny and warm location partly outdoor during the summer
requires full sun exposure and UV radiation for a good growth and strong spines
sufficient watering

Winter period

bright and temperatures at 8–12°C (46–53°F)


minerally, nutrient-rich, porous, with a addition of clay
Cylindropuntia imbricata (H. Haworth) F. M. Knuth (1930)
Habitat - Rincon Mountains,
Pima County, Arizona, USA
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DJF1575 - Delhi,
Las Animas County, Colorado, USA
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Field number

DJF1575 - collected by David J. Ferguson


Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas
Chihuahua, Coahuila
in 2000–6000 ft (600–1800 m) altitude


imbricate Cylindropuntia
small tree or thicket-forming, up to more than 10 ft (3 m) high, trunk wooden, branches slant upward,
shoots up to 1.2 in (3 cm) Ø, with distinct tubercles
tubercles about 1 in (2.5 cm) long, sidewise flattened
8–30 spines, to 1.2 in (3 cm) long, brown, thin sheath
flowers 1.5–2.3 in (4–6 cm) long, crimson, on the ends of the shoot
fruits to 1.2 in (3 cm) long, bare, yellow


Cylindropuntia imbricata is with rain protection to about -4 F (- 20°C) cold hardy.
Synonym Cereus imbricatus H. Haworth (1821)
Opuntia imbricata
(H. Haworth) A. P. De Candolle (1828)
Cactus imbricatus
(H. Haworth) C. Lemaire (1828)
CITES Appendix II
Description of "Kakteen von A bis Z" by Walter Haage with courtesy by Kakteen-Haage made available.