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Useful Temperate Plants

Grusonia pulchella

(Engelm.) H.Rob.

Cactaceae

+ Synonyms

Corynopuntia pulchella (Engelm.) F.M.Knuth

Micropuntia barkleyana Daston

Micropuntia brachyrhopalica Daston

Micropuntia gracilicylindrica E.F.Wiegand & Backeb.

Micropuntia pulchella (Engelm.) M.P.Griff.

Micropuntia pygmaea E.F.Wiegand & Backeb.

Micropuntia spectatissima Daston

Micropuntia tuberculosirhopalica E.F.Wiegand & Backeb.

Micropuntia wiegandii Backeb.

Opuntia barkleyana (Daston) G.D.Rowley

Opuntia brachyrhopalica (Daston) G.D.Rowley

Opuntia gracilicylindrica (E.F.Wiegand & Backeb.) G.D.Rowley

Opuntia pulchella Engelm.

Opuntia pygmaea (E.F.Wiegand & Backeb.) G.D.Rowley

Opuntia spectatissima (Daston) G.D.Rowley

Opuntia tuberculosirhopalica (E.F.Wiegand & Backeb.) G.D.Rowley

Opuntia wiegandii (Backeb.) G.D.Rowley

Common Name: Sand Club-Cholla

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General Information

Grusonia pulchella is a spiny, succulent, low-growing, much-branched, shrubby cactus, forming clumps 10 - 20cm tall. The roots are tuberlike, 7 - 10cm long and 3 - 7cm wide. The stems are segmented, individual segments cylindric to ellipsoid, 1 -10cm long and up to 2cm wide[
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Title
Flora of N. America
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/fna/
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Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora with an excellent description of the plant including a brief mention of plant uses.
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1987
Title
The Cactus Family
Publication
 
Author
Anderson E.F.
Publisher
Timber Press; Portland, Oregon
Year
2001
ISBN
0-88192-498-9
Description
An excellent work, giving botanical descriptions of virtually all the cacti, together with their range (but not their habitats) and sometimes also a photo. it also contains a long chapter detailing the many uses of cacti and another on cultivation..
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. It is occasionally grown as an ornamental[
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IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
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http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
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Grusonia pulchella is a widespread species and although not abundant it is not an infrequent species. There are some
threats but these are not widespread or significant enough to pose any problems. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2017)[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
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Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
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Known Hazards

The plant has numerous minutely barbed glochids - these are barbed spines that are usually small to minute and are very sharp and brittle. The glochids are very easily dislodged when the plant is touched and can penetrate the skin where, because of their barbs, they become stuck and are very difficult to see and remove. They can cause considerable irritation and discomfort[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
,
1999
Title
A natural history of the Sonoran Desert
Publication
 
Author
Phillips S.J. & Comus P.W.
Publisher
University of California Press; Los Angeles, California
Year
2000
ISBN
0-520-22029-3
Description
 
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Botanical References

270
Title
Flora of N. America
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/fna/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora with an excellent description of the plant including a brief mention of plant uses.
,
1987
Title
The Cactus Family
Publication
 
Author
Anderson E.F.
Publisher
Timber Press; Portland, Oregon
Year
2001
ISBN
0-88192-498-9
Description
An excellent work, giving botanical descriptions of virtually all the cacti, together with their range (but not their habitats) and sometimes also a photo. it also contains a long chapter detailing the many uses of cacti and another on cultivation..

Range

Southwest N. America - California, Nevada, Utah

Habitat

Mojave Desert, Great Plains, sandy to rocky flats or slopes, often at edges of dry washes and lakes; at elevations from 1,200 - 1,900 metres[
270
Title
Flora of N. America
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/fna/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora with an excellent description of the plant including a brief mention of plant uses.
].

Properties

Conservation StatusLeast Concern
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height0.15 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

We have no reports of edibility, but the reddish fruit is fleshy, obconical, smooth-skinned, around 15 - 30mm long and 8 - 12mm in diameter[
1987
Title
The Cactus Family
Publication
 
Author
Anderson E.F.
Publisher
Timber Press; Portland, Oregon
Year
2001
ISBN
0-88192-498-9
Description
An excellent work, giving botanical descriptions of virtually all the cacti, together with their range (but not their habitats) and sometimes also a photo. it also contains a long chapter detailing the many uses of cacti and another on cultivation..
].

Medicinal

The tuberous roots are used for traditional medicinal purposes, mostly for the treatment of diarrhoea[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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