Cylindropuntia kleiniae (DC.) F.M.Knuth

Candle Cholla

Kaktus-ABC 123 (1935) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Erect open shrub to 0.5–2.5 m high and to 4 m across, much-branched above the cylindric (3–7 cm diam.), woody trunk. Terminal cladodes cylindric, tuberculate, 5–26 cm long, 0.5–1.2 cm diam., glabrous, dark green to slightly grey-green; tubercles prominent, 1.2–2.5 cm long, 3–4.5mm wide, 3.5–4.5 mm high; areoles 0.5–1.3 cm apart, apical on tubercles, filled with short dense white or pale yellowish wool and small brown glochids; spines 1–4 per areole, often with 1 large spreading or slightly deflexed brown spine, 2–4.5 cm long, 0.4–0.75 mm wide near base, and sometimes with 2 very small weak, white or pale brown deciduous spines around the base of the larger spine, each covered by a papery, tan sheath. Flowers 3.0–4.0 cm diam.; sepaloids brownish pink or greenish pink with reddish or reddish brown margins; petaloids spreading,  red to magenta, greenish near base; staminal filaments pale pink above and creamish below, anthers pale yellow; style pale pink to purple pink, whitish toward base, stigma pale yellow to white; hypanthium tuberculate. Fruit obovoid, deeply depressed at apex, 1.5–5 cm long, 1–2 cm diam., strongly tuberculate, spineless or with few deciduous spines, green to yellow, dry, solitary, or rarely proliferating in chains of 3 or 4. Flowers late spring–summer.

*MuM. Also naturalised in WA, SA, NSW. Native to southern United States of America (New Mexico, Texas), and Mexico. In Victoria known from a single collection beside railway-line at Yarrara.

Created by: Val Stajsic, 2017-07-24
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-12-20

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

Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
family Cactaceae
Higher taxa


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

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales