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Plant Form Large succulent shrubs.
Size Up to 3 m tall.
Stem Green, cylindrical segments with short spines.
Leaves Linear. Quickly dropped.
Flowers Large red or pink flowers at the end of branches.
Fruit and Seeds Green, egg-shaped.
Habitat Inland arid shrubland, bare ground, coastal.
Distinguishing Features Differ from Cylindropuntia species in lacking papery sheaths on their spines.