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PRICKLY PEAR CACTI (Opuntia)

YELLOW FLOWERS

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Corypantha missouriensis

Nipple Cactus

Coryphantha sneedii

Silverlace Cactus

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1. Prickly Pear: jointed, flat, oval pads

2. Cholla: Jointed, tubular stems

3. Barrel cacti: Cylindrical stem, large  

4. Hedgehog: Cylindrical stem, small; often clustered

5. Agave: Rosette of sword-like, succulent, thorn-tipped leaves; tall bloom stalk

6. Sotol: Rosette of long, flat, leaves lined with cat-claw thorns; tall bloom stalk

7. Yucca: Rosette with/without trunk, sword-like, thorn-tipped leaves

CHOLLA CACTI (Cylindropuntia,  Grusonia)

YELLOW FLOWERS

BARREL AND LARGED STEMMED CACTI (Echinocactus, Ferocactus)

HEDGEHOG CACTI AND SMALL-STEMMED CACTI

(Coryphantha, Echinocereus, Epithelantha), Glandulicactus, Sclerocactus)


YELLOW AND GREENISH FLOWERS

YUCCAS (Yucca)

With trunk

AGAVES (Agave) | SOTOLS (Dasylirion) | OCOTILLO (Fouquieria)

Agave lechugilla:

Lechugilla

Agave parryi:

Parry’s Agave

RED AND PINK TO MAGENTA FLOWERS

Coryphantha tuberculosa

Cob Cactus

Corypantha vivipara

Beehive Cactus

Echinocereus viridiflorus ssp. chloranthus:

Green-flowered Hedgehog

Echinocereus viridiflorus ssp. chloranthus:

NM Rainbow Cactus

Echinocereus dasyacanthus:

Texas Rainbow Cactus

Echinocereus coccineus:

Claret Cup Cactus

RED FLOWERS

Cylindropuntia lepticaulis

Pencil cactus

Grusonia clavata:

Club Cholla

RED, PINK, AND WHITISH FLOWERS

Cylindropuntia imbricata

Cane Cholla

Cylindropintia kleiniae

Candle Cholla

RED, PINK, MAGENTA, OR YELLOW TO ORANGE FLOWERS

Echinocactus horizonthalonius: Devil’s Head Cactus

Echinocactus texensis:

Horse Crippler Cactus

Glandulicactus uncinatus: Eagle Claw Cactus

Ferocactus wislizenii:

Fish-hook Barrel Cactus

Echinocereus enneacanthus:

Strawberry Hedgehog

Echinocereus fendleri:

Pink-flowered Hedgehog

Echinocereus reichenbachii:

Lace Cactus

Echinocereus stramineus

Strawberry Cactus

Echinocereus triglochidatus:

Kingcup Cactus

Epithelantha micromeris:

Button Cactus

Sclerocactus cloverae: Clover’s Fishhook Cactus

Mammillaria grahamii: Graham’s Nipple Cactus

Opuntia engelmannii:

Englemann’s Prickly Pear

Opuntia fragilis:

Brittle Prickly Pear

Opuntia macrocentra:

Long-spine Prickly Pear

Opuntia macrorhiza: Plains Prickly Pear

Opuntia phaeacantha:

Brown-spine Prickly Pear

Opuntia polyacantha:

Hair-spine Prickly Pear

Opuntia tortispina:

Twisted-spine Prickly Pear

WHITE FLOWERS

Echinomastus intertextus:

Woven-spine Pineapple Cactus

Fouquieria spelendens:

Ocotillo

Without trunk

Yucca baccata:

Banana Yucca

Yucca treculeana:

Trecul Yucca

Yucca elata:

Soaptree Yucca

Mammillaria heyderi:

Nipple Cactus

Mammillaria lasiacantha:

Golf Ball Cactus

WHITE TO CREAM FLOWERS

Opuntia polyacantha:

Hair-spine Prickly Pear

Sclerocactus parviflorus: Small-flowered Fishhook Cactus

Yucca intermedia:

Narrowleaf Yucca

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