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

Highslide JS


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 whipplei (G. Engelmann & J. M. Bigelow) F. M. Knuth (1936)
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Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico
upper desert, grasslands, forrests, sagebrush desert,
jaw forrest


named after Mr. Whipple
short stems, strong branched, shoots 0.4–0.7 in (1–2 cm) Ø
longish areoles, light brown
glochids pale yellow
flowers 0.8 in (2 cm)
Ø, light yellow, yellow to greenish yellow,
fruits to 1.6 in (4 cm) long, strong tubercular, without spines


Cylindrpuntia whipplei is with rain protection to about -4 F (- 20°C) cold hardy.


Opuntia whipplei G. Engelmann & J. M. Bigelow (1856)
CITES Appendix II
Description of "Kakteen von A bis Z" by Walter Haage with courtesy by Kakteen-Haage made available.