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About Pencil Cholla (Cylindropuntia ramosissima) Cylindropuntia ramosissima is a species of cactus known by the common names diamond cholla and branched pencil cholla. Cylindropuntia ramosissima is native to the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts of the Southwestern United States, California, and Northwestern Mexico, and to Baja California and its Islas San Benito. Cylindropuntia ramosissima is native to the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts of the Southwestern United States, California, and Northwestern Mexico, and to Baja California and its Islas San Benito. Cylindropuntia ramosissima is a decumbent or erect and treelike cactus which can approach 2 meters-6 feet in maximum height. It has many narrow branches made up of cylindrical segments, green in color drying gray, the surface divided into squarish, flat tubercles with few or no spines, or often with a single long, straight spine. The flower is small and orange, pink or brownish in color. The fruit is a small, dry, spiny body up to 2 centimeters long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Shrub, Succulent

Max. Height
5 ft (1.5 m)

Flower Color
Orange, Pink, Brown

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter


Native Status
Native

Natural Setting
Site Type
Desert flats

Sun
Sun

Elevation ?
149' - 5180'

Annual Precip. ?
3.2" - 11.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.27" - 2.09"

Coldest Month ?
44.2° F - 62.4° F

Hottest Month ?
67.9° F - 88.8° F

Humidity ?
1.77 vpd - 42.81 vpd

Drainage
Fast

Sunset Zones ?
8, 9, 10, 11, 12*, 13*, 14, 19, 20, 21

Landscaping Information
Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low, Very Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Low
Moderate - High


Common uses
Hedges, Deer Resistant, Bird Gardens

Nursery Availability
Sometimes Available

Other Names
Botanical Names
Opuntia ramosissima

Common Names
Pencil Cactus


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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