Arizona

These Opuntias are found primarily in Arizona, but they may extend a bit into other states or into Mexico.

Opuntia lubrica

Griffiths, Annual Report of the Missouri Botanical Garden 21: 169, 1910 Herbarium; Drawing (Britton and Rose, v1 1919, fig 174); Painting; Painting Original Citation What is Opuntia lubrica? Opuntia lubrica is a prickly pear cactus that has some similarity to O. rufida. However, O. lubrica has shiny pads that are not pubescent as in the other cactus. Details Plants often have the habit …

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Opuntia riparia

Griffiths, Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 27(6): 26, 1914 Herbarium (submitted as O.  engelmannii); Herbarium (O. riparia-like) Original Description What is Opuntia riparia? Opuntia riparia is a prickly pear cactus that grows in low, wide thickets in southern Arizona. It rarely reaches waist-high, but occasional cactus stems may reach to 1 to 1.2 …

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Opuntia arizonica

Griffiths, Annual Report of the Missouri Botanical Garden 20: 93, 1909 Holotype; Isotype; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Painting (watercolor over a photograph, Krieger and Griffith, 1915, Smithsonian Institution Archive); Photograph (D Griffiths, ca. 1910); Photograph (D Griffiths, ca. 1910); Photograph (Annual Report of the Missouri Botanical Garden, 20: 1909) Original Citation What is Opuntia arizonica? …

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Opuntia canada

Griffiths, Annual report Missouri Botanical Garden 20: 90, 1909 Holotype; Topotype; Herbarium (as O. engelmannii); Painting Original Description What is Opuntia canada? Opuntia canada is a large, erect, ascending cactus that grows in far southern Arizona. It is a compact-appearing prickly pear.  Details O. canada grows in thickets or singly. This Opuntia may reach 1 m …

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Opuntia laevis

Coulter, Contributions from the U. S. National Herbarium 3: 419, 1896 Holotype; Isotype; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Painting (Britton and Rose, v1 1919, plate XXVIII)  Original Description What is Opuntia laevis? Opuntia laevis is a sometimes spineless prickly pear cactus that grows in various locations in southern AZ but particularly on canyon …

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Opuntia toumeyi

  Rose, Contributions from the U. S. National Herbarium 12: 402, 1909 Holotype; Herbarium; Herbarium (O. toumeyi-like); Herbarium (O. toumeyi-like); Herbarium (O. toumeyi-like); Herbarium (O. toumeyi-like) Original Description What is Opuntia toumeyi? Opuntia toumeyi is a low but prickly pear cactus with pads narrowed towards the base. The cactus may appear yellowish-green and has brownish-white …

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Opuntia blakeana

Rose, Contributions from the U.S. National Herbarium 12: 402, 1909 Holotype; Isotype; Isotype; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium Original Description What is Opuntia blakeana? Opuntia blakeana is a small, low, spreading, Sonoran Desert prickly pear cactus. Details The cladodes of O. blakeana are typically dark green but may have brown or purple coloration around the areoles. Plants are …

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Opuntia chlorotica gosseliniana

(Weber) Ferguson, Cactus and Succulent Journal (U.S.) 60: 159, 1988 Isotype; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium Original Description What is Opuntia chlorotica gosseliniana? O. chlorotica gosseliniana is one of three varieties along with vars chlorotica and santa-rita within the O. chlorotica complex as described by Ferguson (1988). The three types blend into …

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Opuntia chlorotica santa-rita

Griffiths & Hare, New Mexico Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin 60: 64, 1906 Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium Original Description What is Opuntia chlorotica santa-rita? Opuntia chlorotica santa-rita is one of three varieties of the prickly pear cactus in the Opuntia chlorotica complex. The varieties are santa-rita, gosseliniana, and chlorotica (Ferguson 1988). …

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Opuntia martiniana

(L.D. Benson) B.D. Parfitt, Systematic Botany 5(4): 416, 1980 [1981] Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium It is proposed that O. martiniana is related to O. chlorotica chlorotica O. curvospina is a related species Original Description What is Opuntia martiniana? Opuntia martiniana is a prickly pear cactus found sporadically at the …

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