Austrocylindropuntia subulata – Eve’s Needle Cactus, Long Spine Cactus


Scientific Name

Austrocylindropuntia subulata (Muehlenpf.) Backeb.

Common Names

Eve’s Needle Cactus, Eve’s Pin Cactus, Long Spine Cactus


Pereskia subulata (basionym),
Austrocylindropuntia exaltata, Opuntia exaltata, Cylindropuntia exaltata, Opuntia subulata, Cylindropuntia subulata

Scientific Classification

Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Opuntioideae
Tribe: Austrocylindropuntieae
Genus: Austrocylindropuntia

Austrocylindropuntia subulata


Austrocylindropuntia subulata is a large tree-like cactus, up to 13 feet (4 m) tall with round cylindrical joints, up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall and 1.5 – 2.5 inches (4 – 6.5 cm) thick. The green leaves are nearly cylindrical, up to 5 inches (13 cm) long. The spines are light yellow, 1 – 2 per areole, up to 3 inches (8 cm) long. The flowers are red, 2 – 4 inches (5 – 10 cm) long, followed by reddish to red fruits up to 4 inches (10 cm) long.


Native to the higher elevations of Ecuador and Peru.


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