Opuntia aciculata

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Opuntia aciculata
Opuntia aciculata


Taxonavigation: Caryophyllales 
Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Ordo: Caryophyllales

Familia: Cactaceae
Subfamilia: Opuntioideae
Tribus: Opuntieae
Genus: Opuntia
Series: O. ser. Tunae
Species: Opuntia aciculata


  • Opuntia aciculata Griffiths, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 29: 10. 1916.


  • Homotypic
    • Opuntia engelmannii var. aciculata (Griffiths) D.Weniger, Cacti S. W.: 178. 1969 syn. sec. Korotkova 2021
    • Opuntia engelmannii var. aciculata (Griffiths) Bravo in Cact. Suc. Mex. 19: 47. 1974 syn. sec. Korotkova 2021
    • Opuntia lindheimeri var. aciculata (Griffiths) Bravo in Cact. Suc. Mex. 19: 47. 1974 syn. sec. Hunt 2006
    • Opuntia engelmannii subsp. aciculata (Griffiths) U.Guzmán & Mandujano in Cactaceae Syst. Init. 16: 18. 2003 syn. sec. Kew WCVP (2019)
  • Heterotypic
    • Opuntia aciculata var. orbiculata Backeb., Descr. Cact. Nov. 10, 2769. 1956.


Native distribution areas:
  • Continental: Northern America
    • Regional: Southern Central USA
      • SW. Texas
    • Regional: Mexico
      • Mexico (Nuevo León)

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition



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Vernacular names

English: Chenille pricklypear
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