Latin name: Opuntia occidentalis Engelm.
  Pronunciation: oh-PUN-tee-a ok-si-den-TAY-lis

  Common name: Western prickly pear
  Family: Cactaceae (Cactus)
  Habitat: Fans, washes, low chaparral, coastal sage
  scrub, coastal drainages, South Coast, west edge of
  Peninsular Range, variable and hybridizing

  Blooming period: May to June
  Click for Latin name derivations:  1) Opuntia
  2) occidentalis
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