Opuntia acanthocarpa

Height: 5' to 10'

Stem: They are treelike in the west and become shrub-like as they move easterly. The joints are green and cylindrical up to 20" long and 1 1/4" in diameter with elongated bumps known as tubercles. The spines are 1 1/2" long in clusters of 12. They also have tiny, barbed hairs known as glochids common to all prickly-pears and chollas.

Flowers/Fruit: In bloom April to May. The flowers color ranges from yellow to orange to red depending on its location. It is 2 1/4" wide at the top. They bloom at the top of the pad and contain many petals. The fruit is oval, 1 1/2" long and contains long spines.

Form/Habitat: Found in the sandy soils of washes and slopes from 1,000' to 4,000'. They range from southwestern California to eastern Arizona north to Utah.

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