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Opuntia aurea

Opuntia aurea E.M. Baxter

Golden Prickly Pear, Golden Pricklypear, Yellow Beavertail

Cactaceae (Cactus family)

Synonym(s): Opuntia basilaris var. aurea, Opuntia erinacea var. aurea

USDA Symbol: OPAU2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Size Notes: Clumps of trailing branches, up to about 1 foot tall.
Fruit: Berrylike, tan to green.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Stigma lobes green.




Bibref 1171 - The Cactus Family (2001) Anderson, E.F.

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


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

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