Grizzly Bear Pricklypear, Mojave Prickly Pear, Old Man Cactus (Opuntia erinacea)

Grizzly Bear Pricklypear, Mojave Prickly Pear, Old Man Cactus (Opuntia erinacea)

 

Oblong, elliptical, green to brownish-purple pads. Jointed usually no more than 2-3 pads high. Shaggy appearance. Typically yellow flowers, about 2 inches wide, blooming in May and June.

The oval or elongated, thick and flat, dark green joints reach up to 6 inches in length and have slender white spines extending from prominent white areoles. In summer the large yellow or dark pink saucer-shaped flowers are borne singly and then produce spiny fruit. This genus has the largest membership of sun-loving species.

 

 

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Jim is a scapegoat for the NPS, an author, adventurer, photographer, radio personality, guide, and location scout. His interests lie in Native American and cultural sites, ghost towns, mines, and natural wonders in the American Deserts.

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