Also called ◼︎ silver cholla, ◼︎ golden cholla, and Wiggins' cholla.  Formerly called Opuntia echinocarpa.

Part of cholla  genus Cylindropuntia in cactus  family Cactaceae.

Native to the Sonoran, Mojave and Colorado Deserts in 🇺🇸 USA and 🇲🇽 Mexico.   🌎︎ Map by county (🇺🇸 USA-48) (colors).

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

Cylindropuntia hosts caterpillars of 2 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.

Learn more about staghorn cholla Cylindropuntia echinocarpa

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