|Scientific Name||Cylindropuntia imbricata var. imbricata (Opuntia imbricata var. imbricata, Opuntia imbricata var. arborescens)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||CYIMI|
|Common Name||Tree Cholla, Cane Cholla||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||913475|
|Description|| Habitat: Mountains and desert habitat; gravelly or sandy igneous and sedimentary soils in 4000 to 5900 feet elevation.
Plant: Tree-like, up to 6 to 10 feet tall, the tallest cactus species in the Trans-Pecos; many-branched contorted stems 1-inch or more in diameter.
Pads & Spines: No pads; joints 5 to 15 inches long, about 1 inch in diameter with prominent, overlapping tubercules 1 to 2 inches long; spines (usually red, pink or brown) along joints with 6 to 17 central and 3 to 10 radial spines per areole, 1/2 to 1-1/8 inches long.
Inflorescence: Flowers with reddish-purple tepals 2 to 3 inches across; greenish to greenish-red filaments about 3/8-inch long; yellow to cream-colored anthers; style about an inch or more long with cream-colored, 5 to 8-lobed stigma.
Bloom Period: May and June.
Fruit: Yellow, spineless, egg-shaped/cylindrical, 1 to 1-3/4 inches long with prominent tubercules; long-lasting.
References: "Cacti of Texas" by Powell, Weedin and Powell and "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston.
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