Taxon  Report   5946    
Opuntia phaeacantha  Engelm.
Brown spined prickly pear,  Mojave prickly pear, Tulip pricklypear
Opuntia phaeacantha
© 2007 Jason E. Willand
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
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.

Interactive Distribution Map

Observation Hotline
(observation details)

point, line, or polygon

Plant Characteristics
and Associations

Bloom Period
Opuntia phaeacantha
© 2012 Andreas Kettenburg
Genus: Opuntia
Communities: Joshua Tree Woodland, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Opuntia arizonica
PLANTS: Opuntia superbospina
PLANTS: Opuntia phaeacantha var. superbospina
. . .
More information about  Opuntia phaeacantha
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation


Search the International Plants Names Index

Search (Flora of North America)

website references from Google

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.

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 21, 2019).