Austrocylindropuntia subulata – Eve’s Needle 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 - Eve's Needle Cactus

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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 up to 2.5 inches (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, up to 4 inches (10 cm) long, followed by reddish to red fruits, up to 4 inches (10 cm) long.

How to Grow and Care

Though the large variety of species within the Opuntia genus means different types of prickly pears may need slightly different care, all are desert cacti that need lots of sun, lots of light, and very little water. If you live in a hot, arid area – particularly the American Southwest – these plants can generally be planted outside, left alone, and enjoyed…. – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Opuntia.


Native to the higher elevations of Ecuador and Peru.


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