Taxon  Report   5939    
Opuntia fragilis  (Nutt.) Haw.
Brittle prickly pear,  Brittle pricklypear, Pigmy tuna
Opuntia fragilis
© 2008 John Dittes
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Opuntia fragilis, 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.
CNPS Rare Plant Rank: 2B.1 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA; common elsewhere).   8th Edition

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Opuntia fragilis
© 2005 Stephen Dowlan
Genus: Opuntia
Communities: Northern Juniper Woodland
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Cactus fragilis
PLANTS: Opuntia brachyarthra
PLANTS: Opuntia fragilis ssp. brachyarthra
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This plant is available commercially.
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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]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 19, 2019).