Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

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

Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Opuntia engelmannii, Cactus Apple

Opuntia engelmannii, Cactus Apple, Southwest Desert Flora Opuntia engelmannii, Cactus Apple, Southwest Desert Flora Opuntia engelmannii, Cactus Apple, Southwest Desert Flora Opuntia engelmannii, Cactus Apple, Southwest Desert Flora

Scientific Name: Opuntia engelmannii
Common Name: Cactus Apple
Also Called: Cow's Tongue Prickly Pear, Engelmann Prickly Pear, Engelmann Pricklypear, Tuna; (Spanish: Nopal, Abrojo, Joconostle, Vela de Coyote)
Family: Cactaceae, Cactus Family
Synonyms: (Opuntia phaeacantha var. discata)
Status: Native
Duration: Perennial
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Growth Form: Shrub;
Leaves: Leaves modified into spines or glochids and emerging from areoles.
Flower Color: Mostly yellow but variable, buff to orange and pink or red and rarely whitish;
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Recorded Range: In the United States Opuntia engelmannii is found primarily in the southwest but also in the southern states in; AZ, CA, LA, MO, MS, NM, NV, OK, TX and, UT. In Arizona is occurs throughout the central, north- and south-central and southeast 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. 6 varieties in Opuntia engelmannii.

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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: