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Discussion in 'Cacti and Succulents' started by mo green, Mar 1, 2009.
The diameter of the pot in the photos is 6 inches.
Opuntia cylindrica I think not 100% hopefully someone else can agree or not:}
Not quite. The appendages are not thorns. Thanks for the suggestion.
some type of euphorbia, perhaps.
A spineless form of Cumulopuntia boliviana, I believe. They have lots of glochids, just as your plant. I am not completely sure of what you refer to as "appendages", but if it is the soft, reddish things that protrude from the body close to the top, then they are rudimentary leaves.
some kind of senecio?
On second look, it DOES look alot like a tephrocactus I have (with long paper like "spines"). Yours lacks the spines though.
More images of the glochids
I used a Dino-Lite digital microscope to take pictures of the glochids at the base of the "leaves". Thanks for all the suggestions, so far. mo green
I still think it is a C. boliviana, or the subspecies dactylifera, the body shape does not match T. articulatus (which I guess is what wazungy has). Opuntioids are often moved to another genus anyway, it feels as it almost doesn't matter what genus you put on the label :-(
Both (and several others) can be seen here.
I looked up some info....
Cumulopuntia boliviana (Salm-Dyck) F. Ritter
Synonym: Maihueniopsis boliviana, Tephrocactus melanacanthus, Tephrocactus echinaceus, Tephrocactus bolivianus, Tephrocactus asplundii, Tephrocactus albiscoparius, Cumulopuntia pampana, Opuntia asplundii, Cumulopuntia famatinensis, Cumulopuntia echinacea, Opuntia echinacea, Opuntia boliviana
Even worse than I thought, no wonder that they are so difficult to ID.