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Jepson Interchange (more information)
©Copyright 1993 by the Regents of the University of California
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Perennial, shrub, tree, generally fleshy
Stem cylindric, spheric, or flat; surface smooth, tubercled, or ribbed (fluted); nodal areoles bear flowers, generally bear spines from center ("central spines") and margin ("radial spines") (Opuntia areoles bear small, barbed, deciduous bristles sometimes called glochids, generally also bear spines)
Leaf generally 0
Flower generally solitary, bisexual, sessile, ± radial; perianth parts generally many, grading from scale-like to petal-like; stamens many; ovary appearing inferior, ± submerged in stem, so generally with areoles on surface, style 1, stigma lobes generally many
Fruit generally fleshy, generally indehiscent, spiny, scaly, or smooth
Genera in family: 93 genera, ± 2000 species: especially Am deserts; many cultivated
Etymology: (Greek: thorny plant)
Reference: [Benson 1982 Cacti of US & Can; Hunt & Taylor eds 1990 Bradleya 8:85107]
Stem generally 1, < 3 m, 2035 cm diam, depressed-spheric to columnar; ribs 1527; tubercles inconspicuous; spines dense
Flower 36 cm diam; tube poorly developed; ring of hairs separating perianth and stamens; ovary densely scaly
Fruit 12 cm diam, scaly, generally yellow, opening by a pore near base
Seed 1.53 mm, black, pitted; scar basal
Species in genus: 23 species: sw US, Mex
Etymology: (Latin: fierce cactus)
Reference: [Taylor 1984 Bradleya 2:1938]
See the CNPS Inventory for information about endangerment and rarity.
Stem 1.53 dm, generally wider than tall, depressed-spheric to cylindric; ribs 1320; spines 1424, generally spreading, longest slightly curved, red, becoming ± gray or yellow
Flower: perianth parts pink, green, or yellow; ovary 57 mm, scales fringed-dentate, style 69 mm
Fruit yellow to reddish
Seed 12 mm
Ecology: UNCOMMON. Sandy to rocky areas
Elevation: 10150 m.
Bioregional distribution: South Coast (San Diego Co.)
Distribution outside California: Baja California
Threatened by urbanization, off road vehicles, collecting
Horticultural information: In cultivation.
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