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Taxon: Opuntia polyacantha Haw.

Genus: Opuntia
Family: Cactaceae subfamily: Opuntioideae tribe: Opuntieae
Nomen number: 314437
Place of publication: Suppl. pl. succ. 82. 1819
Name verified on: 23-Jan-1989 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 29-Aug-2003
No species priority site assigned.
Accessions: 3 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.


Species on the following lists:

See also subordinate taxa:

Common names:

  • cliff prickly-pear   (Source: Cact Fam ) – English
  • grizzly-bear prickly-pear   (Source: Cact Fam ) – English
  • hairy prickly-pear   (Source: Cact Fam ) – English
  • hedgehog prickly-pear   (Source: Cact Fam ) – English
  • juniper prickly-pear   (Source: Cact Fam ) – English
  • Navajo bridge prickly-pear   (Source: F NAmer ) – English   [Opuntia polyacantha var. nicholii]
  • Nichol's prickly-pear   (Source: Cact Fam ) – English
  • plains prickly-pear   (Source: Cact Fam ) – English
  • porcupine prickly-pear   (Source: Cact Fam ) – English
  • porcupine prickly-pear   (Source: F NAmer ) – English   [Opuntia polyacantha var. hystracina]
  • red-spine prickly-pear   (Source: Cact Fam ) – English
  • sand prickly-pear   (Source: F NAmer ) – English   [Opuntia polyacantha var. arenaria]
  • starvation prickly-pear   (Source: Cact Fam ) – English
  • frilandsopuntia   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:

Distributional range:

      Native: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
  • NORTHERN AMERICA (Check conservation status in U.S. & Canada in NatureServe Explorer database)
    Western Canada: Canada - Alberta [s.], British Columbia [s.], Saskatchewan [s.]
    North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Kansas [w. & n.e.], Nebraska [w.], North Dakota, Oklahoma [Cimarron Co.], South Dakota
    Northwestern U.S.A.: United States - Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming
    South-Central U.S.A.: United States - New Mexico, Texas [w.]
    Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah
    Northern Mexico: Mexico - Chihuahua [n.]




Check other web resources for Opuntia polyacantha Haw.:


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  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

Abbreviations & symbols in GRIN Taxonomy

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (10 October 2015)

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