Latin name: Opuntia polyacantha Haw. var. erinacea (Engelm. & J.M. Bigelow) B.D. Parfitt
Pronunciation: oh-PUN-tee-a pol-ee-ak-AN-tha er-in-AY-see-a
Common name: Mojave prickly-pear
Family: Cactaceae (Cactus)
Habitat: Dry gravelly and rocky places, 1500'-8000', creosote bush scrub to pinyon-juniper woodland, San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mts, Mojave Desert
Blooming period: May to June
Name derivations: 1) Opuntia 2) polyacantha 3) erinacea