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Semaphore Pricklypear, Semaphore Cactus
Also known as Opuntia corallicola
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Noted for:||Showy flowers, Showy fruits, Interesting foliage, Thorns, Hurricane wind resistance|
|Recommended Uses:||Specimen plant|
|Considerations:||Distinctly thorny. Will need protection from invasive cactus moth.|
|Propagation:||Plant segments (pads) of existing plant.|
|Availability:||FNPS plant sales, Specialty providers|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods|
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:||Tolerant of occasional/brief inundation such as can occur in storm surges.|
|Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:||Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.|
|Soil or other substrate:||Lime rock|
|Soil pH:||Calcareous (high pH)|
Consolea corallicola has extremely low genetic diversity as the only two natural populations are clones (both functionally male). Currently propagated by planting pads.
|Native Habitats:||Tropical rockland hammock, coastal rock barren, freshwater tidal swamp and inland margins of mangrove swamp. Photographs are of specimens planted at Fairchild Botanical Gardens.|
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
This is an ENDANGERED plant (listed both Florida and US). Please acquire this endemic plant only from a reputable source.