ARIZONA CACTACEAE AND INTERMOUNTAIN FLORA

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Exhibit Item 92

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Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa var. coloradensis


Illustrator: © 2011 Marsha Bennett
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Arizona Cactaceae and Intermountain Flora

Four varieties of Acanthocarpa are found in Arizona. All vary in the number of spines per areole and the size of the tubercle. The blooms are large and spectacular. The buds are roasted and eaten by Native Americans during the Spring.

Exhibit Item 93

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Cylindropuntia echinocarpa
Silver or Gold cholla

Illustrator: © 2011 Marsha Bennett
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Arizona Cactaceae and Intermountain Flora

Highly dense spines create a challenge in documenting this plant. The spines were highly useful as needles for sewing, and the pulp has been used as a wet dressing for wounds.

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