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Pterocactus hickenii

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Synonym(s): Opuntia skottsbergii, Pterocactus skottsbergii
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Subfamily: Opuntioideae
Distribution: Chubut, Santa Cruz - Argentina (South America)
Habit: Cylindrical
Flower: YellowEncounterability: Unusual in Collections
Original Description: The Cactaceae 1 p.31 - Britton & Rose (1920)
Rootstocks moniliform, consiting of at least 4 joints widely separated; joints above ground 2 or 3, 2 to 3 cm long, almost hidden by the spines; spines from each areole numerous, slender, yellow above, brown at bse; glochids numerous; fruit and flower not known; seeds thick, 5 mm in diameter with narrow lateral wing.
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Pterocactus hickenii
P. hickenii
Picture taken at: Juergen Menzel's Private Collection

Photographer: Juergen Menzel

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Pterocactus hickenii
P. hickenii
Picture taken at: Gerard Ardisson's Private Collection

Photographer: Gerard Ardisson

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