Austrocylindropuntia subulata subsp. exaltata (A.Berger) D.R.Hunt

First published in Cactaceae Syst. Init. 14: 11 (2002)
This subspecies is accepted
The native range of this subspecies is Peru. It is a succulent shrub or tree and grows primarily in the desert or dry shrubland biome.

Descriptions

Cactaceae, R. Hunt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1968

Morphology General Habit
A shrub or tree up to 5 m. tall, with main stems up to 10(–30) cm. in diameter.
Morphology General Spines
Ultimate joints cylindrical, often curved, 3–4 cm. in diameter; areoles on raised tubercles; glochids brown or wanting; spines 1–3 (–5) per areole (–12 on old wood), yellow or brownish, up to 3–7 cm. long (–13 cm. on old wood).
Morphology Leaves
Leaves fleshy, terete, l–5(–7) cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers 8 cm. long, 4 cm. in diameter; perianth dark red to orange.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit pear-shaped, green.
Distribution
K3 K4 South America. Introduced into East Africa around Nairobi where it is said to have escaped and to grow wild.
[FTEA]

Sources

  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0
  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0