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Opuntia aciculata

Opuntia aciculata Griffiths

Chenille Prickly Pear, Chenille Pricklypear, Cowboys Red Whiskers

Cactaceae (Cactus family)

Synonym(s): Opuntia engelmannii var. aciculata

USDA Symbol: OPAC2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Glochids conspicuous, dark red, widely and evenly spaced, radiating like stars or pincushions.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Size Notes: Up to about 4 feet tall.
Fruit: Berrylike, purplish red.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Orange , Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: Apr , May
Bloom Notes: Stigma lobes dark green.



Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Opuntia aciculata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Opuntia aciculata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Opuntia aciculata


Record Modified: 2019-08-21
Research By: CBR

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