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Porcupine Cactus (Opuntia polyacantha var. hystricina)
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Porcupine Pricklypear (Opuntia polyacantha var. hystricina)

General: Porcupine Pricklypear (Opuntia polyacantha var. hystricina) is a low-growing cactus with broad, thin stem segments (pads). The pads are medium-sized for a pricklypear (to about 5-inches long by 3-inches wide). The spines are clustered, long (to about 4-5 inches), and straight, some of which are dark colored (brown to black). Flowers are yellow to magenta.

This is mostly a Utah variety with the range stretching south through the Utah-Colorado-Arizona-New Mexico border region, plus a band reaching into east-central Nevada, including Basin and Range National Monument. and Gold Butte National Monument.

Family: Cactus (Cactaceae)

Porcupine Pricklypear (Opuntia polyacantha var. hystricina) Porcupine Pricklypear (Opuntia polyacantha var. hystricina)
Porcupine Pricklypear (Opuntia polyacantha var. hystricina) Porcupine Pricklypear (Opuntia polyacantha var. hystricina)
Porcupine Pricklypear (Opuntia polyacantha var. hystricina) Porcupine Pricklypear (Opuntia polyacantha var. hystricina)
Porcupine Pricklypear (Opuntia polyacantha var. hystricina)
Porcupine Pricklypear with pink flowers in SE Gold Butte NM
Porcupine Pricklypear (Opuntia polyacantha var. hystricina)
Porcupine Pricklypear with pink flowers in SE Gold Butte NM
Porcupine Pricklypear (Opuntia polyacantha var. hystricina) Porcupine Pricklypear (Opuntia polyacantha var. hystricina)
Porcupine Pricklypear (Opuntia polyacantha var. hystricina) Porcupine Pricklypear (Opuntia polyacantha var. hystricina)
Porcupine Pricklypear (Opuntia polyacantha var. hystricina) Porcupine Pricklypear (Opuntia polyacantha var. hystricina)
Porcupine Pricklypear (Opuntia polyacantha var. hystricina)
Porcupine Pricklypear in southeastern Gold Butte National Monument
Porcupine Pricklypear (Opuntia polyacantha var. hystricina)
Porcupine Pricklypear in southeastern Gold Butte National Monument

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate. Names generally follow the USDA database.
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