Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

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Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Opuntia basilaris, Beavertail Pricklypear

Opuntia basilaris, Beavertail  Pricklypear, Southwest Desert Flora Opuntia basilaris, Beavertail  Pricklypear, Southwest Desert Flora Opuntia basilaris, Beavertail  Pricklypear, Southwest Desert Flora

Scientific Name: Opuntia basilaris
Common Name: Beavertail Pricklypear
Also Called: Beaver Tail Cactus; (Spanish: Nopal)
Family: Cactaceae, Cactus Family
Synonyms: ()
Status: Native
Duration: Perennial
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Growth Form: Shrub or tree;
Leaves: Leaves modified into spines or glochids and emerging from areoles.
Flower Color: Pink to magenta;
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Recorded Range: In the United States Opuntia basilaris is found in AZ, CA, NV and UT. In Arizona it is found generally in western parts of the state.

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Genus Information: About 50 species in Opuntia in the United States and Canada. 17 species in Arizona.
4 varieties in Opuntia basilaris:
Opuntia basilaris var. basilaris, Beavertail Pricklypear; (AZ, CA, NV and UT)
Opuntia basilaris var. brachyclada Beavertail Pricklypear; (CA and NV)
Opuntia basilaris var. longiareolata Beavertail Pricklypear; (AZ only) and
Opuntia basilaris var. treleasei Trelease's Beavertail Pricklypear (CA only).

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References: Posted 06/05/2015, rev. 07/21/2015, 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: