Taxon  Report   5926 
Opuntia basilaris  Engelm. & J. Bigelow
Beavertail cactus,  Beavertail pricklypear
Opuntia basilaris
© 2009 Zoya Akulova
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Opuntia basilaris
© 2008 Ram Vasudev
Opuntia basilaris, 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.

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Opuntia basilaris
© 2008 Jason E. Willand
Creosote Bush Scrub, Joshua Tree Woodland, Chaparral, Southern Oak Woodland, Coastal Sage Scrub, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland, Valley Grassland
Name Status:
Accepted by TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93
More information about  Opuntia basilaris
Jepson eFlora

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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]. 2016. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Oct 21, 2016).

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