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Sonoran Desert Plants
Opuntia santa-rita (Purple Prickly-pear)

Cabeza Prieta Peak


Habitat: bajadas
Life Form: cactus,pad
Leaf Description: leafless
Flower Color: yellow
Flowering Period: Apr. to June
Spines: glochids only
Family: Cactaceae (cactus family)
Abundance: introduced, not naturalized
Additional Information:
Felger, R.S., S. Rutman, J. Malusa, and M.A. Baker. 2014. Ajo Peak to Tinajas Altas: Flora of Southwestern Arizona: Part 7. Eudicots: Cactaceae - Cactus Family. Phytoneuron 2014-69, 1-95 page 74 (13.5 MB pdf)

Our member horticultural expert is Hank Jorgensen. For more information on this plant species, see Hank's page on Opuntia santa-rita (opens in a new tab).






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