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Cacti Genus austrocylindropuntia




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Austrocylindropuntia

Etymology -The generic name is from the Latin Australis, meaning southern - see description.
The prefix Austro means southern and so this is the South American version of Cylindropuntia. However, there are differences beyond geography that separate this shrubby group of cacti into their own genus. Clearly members of the opuntiads, this genus features round succulent leaves on new growth that fall off with age and the opuntia trademark glochids within the areoles. New stems and flower buds arise from areoles along existing stems, but Austrocylindropuntia differs from Cylindropuntia in that the spines lack papery sheaths. The stems also grow without distinct segments between growth points. Flowers are yellow, orange, or red on stout spiny floral tubes. Fruits are thick and rounded.

Two of the eleven species are especially popular in cultivation; A. subulata and A. cylindracea are extremely hardy, fast growing, and make formidable landscape plants in warmer climates.

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Austrocylindropuntia cylindrica

Austrocylindropuntia cylindrica


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Austrocylindropuntia floccosa

Austrocylindropuntia floccosa


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Austrocylindropuntia hirschii

Austrocylindropuntia hirschii


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Austrocylindropuntia lagopus

Austrocylindropuntia lagopus


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Austrocylindropuntia pachypus

Austrocylindropuntia pachypus


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   A. pachypus -
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   A. pachypus cristata -
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Austrocylindropuntia punta-caillan

Austrocylindropuntia punta-caillan


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Austrocylindropuntia shaferi

Austrocylindropuntia shaferi


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Austrocylindropuntia subulata

Austrocylindropuntia subulata


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   A. subulata -
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   A. subulata exaltata -
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Austrocylindropuntia verschaffeltii

Austrocylindropuntia verschaffeltii


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Austrocylindropuntia vestita

Austrocylindropuntia vestita


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*Currently 11 of 11 known species in this genus are represented on CactiGuide.com.
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