Saturday, March 19, 2016

Opuntia polyacantha var. erinacea (Mojave Prickly Pear)

 5/24/03 Mid Hills near campsite #1, Mojave National Preserve, 
East Mojave, San Bernardino County, CA

 5/24/03 Mid Hills near campsite #1

5/24/03 Mid Hills near campsite #1

5/25/03 Teutonia Peak Trail, Cima Dome, Mojave National Preserve,
East Mojave, San Bernardino County, CA


COMMON NAME: Mojave Prickly Pear

SPECIESOpuntia polyacantha var. erinacea

FAMILY: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

LIFE LIST DATE: 5/24/2003

LOCATION: Mid Hills near campsite #1, Mojave National Preserve, East Mojave, San Bernardino County, CA


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):

Habit: Shrub. 

Spines: generally 4--24 per areole (0--3 in SnJt), generally pale, longest on oldest stem segments, 1.7--18.5 cm, straight, ascending at tip, near plant base hair-like, curling, reflexed. 

Fruit: spiny except sometimes in SnJt; areoles 20--33, each with 7--13 spines. 

Ecology: Desert scrub, Joshua-tree woodland, pinyon woodland; 

Elevation: 900--2200 m. 

Bioregional Distribution: se SNH, SnBr, SnJt, SNE, DMoj (esp DMtns); 

Distribution Outside California: to Utah, Arizona. 

Flowering Time: May--Jun 

Synonyms: Opuntia erinacea Engelm. & J.M. Bigelow var. erinacea; Opuntia erinacea var. utahensis (Engelm.) L.D. Benson; Opuntia erinacea var. ursina (F.A.C. Weber) Parish; Opuntia ursina F.A.C. Weber; Opuntia polyacantha var. rufispina (Engelm. & J.M. Bigelow) L.D. Benson, misapply.

eFlora Treatment Author: Bruce D. Parfitt

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