Calflora
Taxon  Report   5928    
Opuntia basilaris  Engelm. & J. M. Bigelow  var. brachyclada  (Griffiths) Munz
Beavertail pricklypear,  Short joint beavertail
Opuntia basilaris var. brachyclada
© 2009 Thomas Stoughton
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Opuntia basilaris var. brachyclada
© 2002 Dean Wm. Taylor
Opuntia basilaris var. brachyclada
© 2006 John Isaac Holson
Opuntia basilaris var. brachyclada, a dicot, is a shrub (stem succulent) that is native to California, is endemic (limited) to California.
CNPS Rare Plant Rank: 1B.2 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA and elsewhere).   8th Edition

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Opuntia basilaris var. brachyclada
© 2009 Thomas Stoughton
Family: CACTACEAE  
Genus: Opuntia
Parent: Opuntia basilaris
Communities: Creosote Bush Scrub, Chaparral, Joshua Tree Woodland, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Opuntia brachyclada
ICPN: Opuntia humistrata
More information about  Opuntia basilaris var. brachyclada
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (OPBAB)

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


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: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Dec 15, 2018).