Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

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

Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Opuntia phaeacantha, Tulip Pricklypear

Opuntia phaeacantha, Tulip Pricklypear, Southwest Desert Flora Opuntia phaeacantha, Tulip Pricklypear, Southwest Desert Flora Opuntia phaeacantha, Tulip Pricklypear, Southwest Desert Flora

Scientific Name: Opuntia phaeacantha
Common Name: Tulip Pricklypear
Also Called: Brownspine Prickly Pear Cactus, Brownspine Pricklypear, Brown-spined Prickly Pear, Desert Prickly Pear, New Mexico Prickly Pear, Purple-fruited Prickly Pear; (Spanish: Nopal)
Family: Cactaceae, Cactus Family
Synonyms: (Opuntia arizonica, Opuntia canada, Opuntia camanchica, Opuntia charlestonensis, Opuntia dulcis, Opuntia engelmannii var. cycloides, Opuntia gilvescens, Opuntia mojavensis, Opuntia phaeacantha var. brunnea, Opuntia phaeacantha var. camanchica, Opuntia phaeacantha var. major, Opuntia phaeacantha var. mojavensis, Opuntia phaeacantha var. nigricans, Opuntia phaeacantha var. phaeacantha, Opuntia phaeacantha var. superbospina, Opuntia superbospina, Opuntia woodsii)
Status: Native
Duration: Perennial
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Growth Form: Shrub;
Leaves: Leaves modified into spines or glochids and emerging from areoles.
Flower Color: Yellow;
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Recorded Range: Opuntia phaeacantha is found mostly in the southwest quarter of the United States in AZ, CA, CO, KS, NM, NV, OK, SD, TX and UT. In Arizona it is found throughout much of the states few or no records for Yuma, Co.

U.S. Weed Information:
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information:
Wetland Indicator:
Threatened/Endangered Information: New Mexico Prickly Pear is Protected in Nevada.

Genus Information: About 50 species in Opuntia in the United States and Canada. 17 species in Arizona.

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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:
Nevada, disk prickly pear, New Mexico prickly pear, Protected as a Cactus, Yucca, or Christmas tree, plateau prickly pear, Protected as a Cactus, Yucca, or Christmas tree