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Opuntia basilaris var. basilaris

Opuntia basilaris Engelm. & J.M. Bigelow var. basilaris

Beavertail Cactus, Beavertail Prickly Pear, Beavertail Pricklypear

Cactaceae (Cactus family)

Synonym(s): Opuntia basilaris var. heilii, Opuntia basilaris var. ramosa, Opuntia basilaris var. whitneyana, Opuntia brachyclada ssp. humistrata, Opuntia whitneyana, Opuntia whitneyana var. albiflora

USDA Symbol: OPBAB2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

 

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Size Notes: Dense clumps, up to about 20 inches tall. Stem segments erect, obovate, up to about 1 foot long.
Fruit: Berrylike, tan at maturity.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Green , Purple
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Stigma lobes white to cream.

Distribution

USA: AZ , CA , NV , UT

Bibliography

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

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Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

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

Metadata

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

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