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Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
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Semaphore Pricklypear, Semaphore Cactus
Also known as Opuntia corallicola
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|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.|
|Recommended Uses:||Specimen plant|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|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 Tolerance:||Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.|
Consolea corallicola has extremely low genetic diversity as the only two natural populations are clones (both functionally male). Currently propagated by planting pads.