Opuntia acanthocarpa - Flower - buckhorn cholla Opuntia acanthocarpa - Stem - buckhorn cholla
Common Name Tree Cholla, Buckhorn Cholla, Cholla Espinosa
Latin Name Opuntia acanthocarpa
Native Habitat Southwest deserts and grasslands below 4,000 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water None to once per month
Height X Width Maximum 12 X 12 feet, usual 8 feet X 8 feet
Protective Mechanism Spines
Leaves Evergreen, light green
Garden Suitability Sonoran
Ornamental Value Pink to purple flowers most of the year, fruit yellow green
Nature Value Flowers used by bees, fruits eaten by birds and mammals
Native American Uses Fruits ad pads eaten
    Images, and data http://www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/Syllabus2/factsheet.cfm?ID=721
    Images and data http://www.austinsage.com/gallery/opuntia/opunimbr.htm
    Images http://www.henriettesherbal.com/pictures/p10/pages/opuntia-imbricata.htm
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=CYIMI