Taxon  Report   5939 
Opuntia fragilis  (Nutt.) Haw.
Pigmy tuna,  brittle prickly pear, brittle pricklypear
Opuntia fragilis, a dicot, is a shrub (stem succulent) that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.
It is included in the CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants on list 2.1 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA; common elsewhere).   7th Edition  /  8th Edition

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Opuntia fragilis
© 2008 John Dittes
Opuntia fragilis
© 2005 Stephen Dowlan
Northern Juniper Woodland
Genus: Opuntia
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Name Status:
Accepted by TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93
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PLANTS: Cactus fragilis
PLANTS: Opuntia brachyarthra
PLANTS: Opuntia fragilis ssp. brachyarthra
PLANTS: Opuntia fragilis var. brachyarthra
PLANTS: Opuntia fragilis var. denudata
PLANTS: Opuntia fragilis var. fragilis
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Nursery availability and horticultural info on CNPLX

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Jepson eFlora (TJM2)

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Original Publication citation. on the International Plants Names Index

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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2015. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Mar 31, 2015).

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