Austrocylindropuntia is a genus containing around 7 species of tuberous, shrubby cacti with cylindrical stems. These plants reside in the Cactaceae family and originate from South America. Some used to be classified in the genus Opuntia. Species can have rounded leaves and they typically do not have papery sheaths associated with their spines. Stem growth occurs without distinct divisions and showy, colourful flowers are produced at the tips. These may be yellow, red, orange or pink and they rest on spiny floral tubes. They produce thick, rounded fruits which are edible in some species. Two hardy species are popular as cultivated plants, commonly used in landscaping, with another species is planted in close association to form living fences.
Stem segments can be separated and rooted. Handle plants with folded newspaper and dispose of it after use.
Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina
Arid, semi-desert, alpine
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