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Old-man Prickly-pear (Opuntia erinacea var. ursina)

  • Global Rank: T2 - Imperiled
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Cactaceae
  • State: AZ, CA, NV, UT
  • Nature Serve ID: 138048
  • Lifeform: Shrub
  • Categories of Interest: Cacti/Succulents
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 10/13/2022

Where is Old-man Prickly-pear (Opuntia erinacea var. ursina) located in the wild?

States & Provinces:

Old-man Prickly-pear can be found in Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah

Which CPC Partners conserve Old-man Prickly-pear (Opuntia erinacea var. ursina)?

CPC's Plant Sponsorship Program provides long term stewardship of rare plants in our National Collection. We are so grateful for all our donors who have made the Plant Sponsorship Program so successful. We are in the process of acknowledging all our wonderful plant sponsorship donors on our website. This is a work in progress and will be updated regularly.

Conservation Actions

  • 09/01/2020
  • Orthodox Seed Banking

Based on an September 2020 extract of the California Plant Rescue Database, California Botanic Garden holds 3 accessions of Opuntia polyacantha var. erinacea in orthodox seed collection. There are as many as 4730 seeds of this species in their collection - although some may have been used for curation testing or sent to back up.

  • 08/05/2020
  • Seed Collection

Based on an August 2020 extract of the California Plant Rescue Database, California Botanic Garden has collected 3 seed accessions of Opuntia polyacantha var. erinacea from 1 plant occurrences listed in the California Natural Diversity Database. These collections together emcompass 18 maternal plants

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Taxon Opuntia erinacea var. ursina
Family Cactaceae
CPC Number 46557
Duration Perennial
Common Names Old-man Prickly-pear
Associated Scientific Names Opuntia polyacantha var. erinacea | Opuntia erinacea var. ursina
State Rank
State State Rank
California SNR
Nevada SNR
Utah S1
Arizona SNR
Ecological Relationships


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