Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

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

Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Opuntia santa-rita, Santa Rita Pricklypear

Opuntia santa-rita, Santa Rita Pricklypear, Southwest Desert Flora Opuntia santa-rita, Santa Rita Pricklypear, Southwest Desert Flora

Scientific Name: Opuntia santa-rita
Common Name: Santa Rita Pricklypear
Also Called: Santa Rita Prickly Pear; (Spanish: Duraznilla, Nopal Morado)
Family: Cactaceae, Cactus Family
Synonyms: (Opuntia chlorotica var. santa-ritaOpuntia violacea var. santa-rita)
Status: Native
Duration: Perennial
Growth Form: Shrub or tree;
Leaves: Leaves modified into spines or glochids and emerging from areoles.
Flower Color:
Flowering Season:
Habitat Preferences:
Recorded Range: In the United States Opuntia santa-rita is found in Arizona, New Mexico and TX. In Arizona it is found in the central and southern part of the state.

U.S. Weed Information:
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information:
Wetland Indicator:
Threatened/Endangered Information: In Arizona, Santa Rita Prickly-pear is salvage restricted.

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


References: Posted 06/05/2015, rev. 07/22/2015, 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,
USDA – Threatened and Endangered Information:
Arizona, Santa Rita prickly-pear, Salvage restricted