Cylindropuntia abyssi
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae
Genus: Cylindropuntia
C. abyssi
Binomial name
Cylindropuntia abyssi
(Hester) Backeb.
  • Grusonia abyssi (Hester) G.D.Rowley
  • Opuntia abyssi Hester

Cylindropuntia abyssi, common name Peach Springs cholla, is a species of cactus endemic to northwestern Arizona. It is known from only from the Grand Canyon and in Peach Springs Canyon, on the Hualapai Reservation in Mohave County. It grows in desert scrub on limestone ledges and hilltops.[3] The natural range of the species is fairly small, but it is locally abundant and growing in an isolated area with few threats to the species survival.[4]

Cylindropuntia abyssi has branched stems up to 1 m (40 inches) tall. Stem segments are somewhat detachable, up to 14 cm (5.6 inches) long. Flowers are pale greenish-yellow. Fruits are dull yellow, dry, spineless or nearly so, with brown seeds.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ Tropicos
  2. ^ The Plant List
  3. ^ Flora of North America
  4. ^ IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources), Red List of Threatened Species
  5. ^ Backeberg, Curt. Die Cactaceae 1: 184. 1958
  6. ^ Pinkava, D. J. 1999. Cactaceae cactus family: Part 3. Cylindropuntia. Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science 32: 32-47.
  7. ^ G.D.Rowley. 2006. Tephrocactus Study Group 12(3): 43 2006.

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