Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

Home to the plants of the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave Deserts

Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Peniocereus johnstonii, Matraca, Pitayita, Saramatraca

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Scientific Name: Peniocereus johnstonii
Common Name: Matraca
Also Called: Pitayita, Saramatraca
Family: Cactaceae, Cactus Family
Synonyms: ()
Status: Native
Duration: Perennial
Size:
Growth Form: Subshrub;
Leaves: Leaves modified into spines emerging from areoles; lacking glochids.
Flower Color: White;
Flowering Season:
Elevation:
Habitat Preferences:
Recorded Range: Baja California

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Genus Information: 2 species in Peniocereus in the United States, 2 species in Arizona.

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References: Posted 06/05/2015, rev. 07/22/2015, updated, 09/14/2015
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database and USGS ITIS search
Arizona Flora, Kearney, Thomas H., Peebles, Robert H., 1960, University of California Press, Berkley and
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names and recorded geographic locations, http://swbiodiversity.org/seinet/.
USDA – Threatened and Endangered Information: