Cylindropuntia pallida (Rose) F. M. Knuth

White-spined Hudson Pear

Kaktus-ABC 126 (1936) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Low rounded or erect spreading shrub to 0.5–1(–2) m high, much-branched above the cylindric (to c. 10 cm diam.), woody trunk. Terminal cladodes cylindric, tuberculate, 4.5–30 cm long, 1.5–3.5 cm diam., glabrous, dark green to grey-green; tubercles prominent, 1.5–2 cm long, 5–9 mm wide, 5–12 mm high; areoles 1–3 cm apart, apical on tubercles, filled with short dense white or pale yellowish brownish wool and small yellow glochids; spines 7–14 per areole, spreading, 3–5 cm long, 0.2–0.5 mm wide near base, white to pale cream, each covered by a papery, white (or occasionally pale brown near cladode apex), aging pale yellow in dried specimens, sheath 1–2 mm diam. Flowers 3.5–4 cm diam.; sepaloids reddish; petaloids spreading, magenta; staminal filaments magenta, anthers pale yellow; style magenta, stigmas pale yellow to white; hypanthium tuberculate. Fruit obovoid, deeply depressed at apex, 3.0–3.5 cm long, 1.5–2.5 cm diam., strongly tuberculate, with few deciduous spines, green to yellow, dry, solitary, rarely proliferating. Flowers late spring–summer.

*MuM. Also naturalised in WA, SA, NT, Qld., NSW. Native to Mexico. In Victoria, Cylindropuntia pallida is known from a single collection near Ouyen, where growing in mallee scrub.

Created by: Val Stajsic, 2017-07-24
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-07-25

Anderson, E.F. (2001). The Cactus Family, Timber Press.

Chinnock, R.J. (2015). Feral opuntioid cacti in Australia: Part 1. Cylindrical-stemmed genera: Austrocylindropuntia, Cylindropintia and Corynopuntia, State Herbarium of South Australia.

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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Cylindropuntia pallida in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cylindropuntia pallida in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present introduced