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Cylindropuntia leptocaulis (Desert Christmas cactus, Pencil cholla)

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 > Genus: Cylindropuntia

Native to southwestern USA and northern Mexico. Naturalised in southern Africa. It has been brought under complete biological control by Dactylopius tomentosus, a cochineal bug.

Ecological interactions in southern Africa

Herbivores

Publications

  • Klein H. 2011. A catalogue of the insects, mites and pathogens that have been used or rejected, or are under consideration, for the biological control of invasive alien plants in South Africa. African Entomology 19(2): 515-549.

Text by Hamish Robertson


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