Opuntia macrocentra, Long-spined Prickly Pear
Scientific Name: Opuntia macrocentra
Common Name: Long-spined Prickly Pear
Also Called: Purple Prickly Pear, Purple Pricklypear, and Purple Prickly-pear; (Spanish: Duraznilla, Nopal)
Family: Cactaceae, Cactus Family
Synonyms: (Opuntia violacea var. macrocentra)
Growth Form: Shrub or tree;
Leaves: Leaves modified into spines or glochids and emerging from areoles.
Flower Color: Yellow;
Recorded Range: In the United States Opuntia macrocentra is found in the southwestern states of AZ, NM and TX. In Arizona in is found in the eastern quarter and southern parts of the state.
U.S. Weed Information:
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information:
Threatened/Endangered Information: in Arizona, Purple Prickly-pear is salvage restricted.
2 varieties in Opuntia macrocentra:
Opuntia macrocentra var. macrocentra, Purple Pricklypear (AZ, NM and TX) and
Opuntia macrocentra var. minor, Purple Pricklypear (TX only).