Beavertail cactus is a succulent, low-spreading,
spineless perennial with flat, obovate to roundish pads 5"-10"
long, glaucous, and often transversely wrinkled. The areoles contain
numerous short brown glochids or barbed bristles which can be painful
if one brushes against them. The showy rose to magenta, rarely white,
flowers appear on the upper margins of joints. The obovoid fruits are
dry when ripe and are a little more than an inch long. Beavertail cactus
is frequently found on dry benches and fans to 6000' in creosote bush
scrub and joshua tree woodland and ranges across both deserts, less
commonly in drier areas closer to the coast. It blooms from March to
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Opuntia
Pronunciation: oh-PUN-tee-a bas-i-LARE-is.
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