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Cylindropuntia Variant

Cylindropuntia whipplei var. enodis

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cylindropuntia (sil-in-drop-UN-shee-uh) (Info)
Species: whipplei var. enodis

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On Oct 8, 2019, Kell from Northern California, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Per Michelle Cloud-Hughes, Proprietor at Desert Solitaire Botany and Ecological Restoration, from San Diego, California about her above photos:
"Yesterday I took a short detour on my way home down the road to Grand Canyon Caverns to check out the Cylindropuntia whipplei. This is a spot where the diploids (C. whipplei var. whipplei) and tetraploids (C. whipplei var. enodis -- originally described as Opuntia hualpaensis) occur together and is therefore a likely locality for the original polyploidy event. The two varieties are pretty morphologically similar here, and they become more distinct as you move away from this locality.

For this particular species, by far the best way to tell the varieties apart is the fruit. C. whipplei var. whipplei generally has fertile, tube... read more

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