Latin name: Opuntia basilaris Engelm. & J. Bigelow var. basilaris
Pronunciation: oh-PUN-tee-a bas-i-LARE-is
Common name: Beavertail cactus
Family: Cactaceae (Cactus)
Habitat: 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
Blooming period: March to June
Name derivations: 1) Opuntia 2) basilaris