Desert Botanical Garden Herbarium
Catalog #: DES00060421
Taxon: Cylindropuntia alcahes var. alcahes F. A. C. Weber
Family: Cactaceae
Collector: Joni Ward      
Date: 2006-04-18
Additional Collectors: Nancy Foisy and Rosemary Trelease
Locality: Mexico, Baja California, Maricopa County: Grown in cultivation at Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, N 33 deg 27' 33'', W 111 deg 56' 35'', 1200 ft., 366 m: accession number 1993 0579 0101; originally received as a plant collected by Marc Baker 8690 27 February 1992 from Mexico, Baja California, along Highway Mex 5, km 15, 2.1 miles NW of Las Arrastras Wash between it and La Turquesa Wash;. 29 deg 34' N, 114 deg, 22' W; elevation 350 m; collector's notes: habitat: rocky rhyolitic, granitic hills; associated plants: Opuntia molesta, Mammillaria, Lophocereus schottii, Fouquieria splendens, Ambrosia, Pachycormis discolor, Pachycereus pringlei, Cercidium microphyllum, Larrea tridentata, Plantago: Plant data: large leaning shrub; stems glaucous; spines and sheaths pale straw-colored; flower buds almost mature but unopened; fruit with a few deciduous spines, yellow-green, glaucous, tuberculate, leathery; n = 11; photos.
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Verbatim Coordinates: 29d 34m N; 114d 22m W
Elevation: 350 meters (1148ft)
Description: Plant height 2 meters; flower diameter 40-45 mm, length 52-55 m, outer perianth reddish-brown with greenish midstripe or yellow-green with reddish-brown midstripe, inner perianth light greenish-reddish-brown, flowers collected late morning; stigma lobe number 4-5, pale yellow-green; spines appear tan; dry fruit diameter 16-18 mm, length 18-29 mm, tan, 3 of 5 fruit have seeds, seeds light brown; additional fruit collected 27 February 2007 by Rosemary Trelease and Nancy Foisy, fleshy fruit diameter 24-27 mm, length 30-32 mm, yellow-green, seeds light brown; dry fruit diameter 14-17 mm, length 21-44 mm, tan, only a few seed, color tan.
Reproductive Condition: flowers & fruit
Cultivation Status: Cultivated
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Record Id: 724c28bb-9918-4ae3-b97d-cc394d8ece0b
Occurrence ID (GUID): 724c28bb-9918-4ae3-b97d-cc394d8ece0b
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