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Genus: Austrocylindropuntia

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Core Eudicots > Order: Caryophyllales > Familty: Cactaceae

About 12 species, native to the Andes in South America (Argentina, Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru). One species is naturalised in southern Africa and a further four species are cultivated in the region.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List under Opuntia on Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI) (as on 6 June 2009).

Austrocylindropuntia subulata (Eve's needle, Cane cholla)

[= Opuntia subulata, Opuntia exaltata]

Native to Peru. A declared Category 1 invasive plant in South Africa (under the name Opuntia exaltata).


Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002), where they are placed under the genus Opuntia.

Austrocylindropuntia cylindrica

[= Opuntia cylindrica]

Native to Ecuador.


Austrocylindropuntia pachypus

[= Opuntia pachypus]

Native to Peru.


Austrocylindropuntia verschaffeltii

[= Opuntia verschaffeltii]

Native to Bolivia.


Austrocylindropuntia vestita

[= Opuntia vestita]

Native to Bolivia.


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