Taxon  Report   5946 
Opuntia phaeacantha  Engelm.
Brown spined prickly pear,  Mojave prickly pear, Tulip pricklypear
Opuntia phaeacantha
© 2007 Jason E. Willand
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Opuntia phaeacantha
© 2004 Charles E. Jones
Opuntia phaeacantha
© 2004 Robert Sivinski
Opuntia phaeacantha, a dicot, is a shrub (stem succulent) that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Opuntia phaeacantha
© 2012 Andreas Kettenburg
Genus: Opuntia
Joshua Tree Woodland, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS + JM93
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PLANTS: Opuntia arizonica
PLANTS: Opuntia superbospina
PLANTS: Opuntia phaeacantha var. superbospina
PLANTS: Opuntia phaeacantha var. phaeacantha
PLANTS: Opuntia phaeacantha var. nigricans
PLANTS: Opuntia phaeacantha var. mojavensis
PLANTS: Opuntia phaeacantha var. camanchica
PLANTS: Opuntia phaeacantha var. brunnea
PLANTS: Opuntia mojavensis
PLANTS: Opuntia gilvescens
PLANTS: Opuntia engelmannii var. cycloides
PLANTS: Opuntia dulcis
PLANTS: Opuntia charlestonensis
PLANTS: Opuntia canada
PLANTS: Opuntia camanchica
PLANTS: Opuntia woodsii
ICPN: Opuntia littoralis var. piercei
ICPN + PLANTS: Opuntia phaeacantha var. major
More information about  Opuntia phaeacantha
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
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Emergency Outdoors Edible Wild Plants:  Fruit Raw, cooked or dried for later use. Juicy. They can be made into a jelly or baked with sugar, cinnamon etc. The fruit is pear-shaped and up to 8cm x 4cm.

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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]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Sep 25, 2018).

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