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Opuntia phaeacantha  Engelm.
Taxonomic Serial No.: 19724

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Plantae  
  Taxonomic Rank: Species  
  Synonym(s): Opuntia arizonica Griffiths
    Opuntia canada Griffiths
    Opuntia superbospina Griffiths
    Opuntia camanchica Engelm. & J.M. Bigelow
    Opuntia dulcis Engelm.
    Opuntia gilvescens Griffiths
    Opuntia laevis J.M. Coult.
    Opuntia mojavensis Engelm. & J.M. Bigelow
    Opuntia woodsii Backeb.
    Opuntia engelmannii var. cycloides Engelm. & J.M. Bigelow
    Opuntia phaeacantha var. brunnea (Engelm.) Engelm.
    Opuntia phaeacantha var. mojavensis (Engelm. & J.M. Bigelow) Fosberg
    Opuntia phaeacantha var. nigricans (Engelm.) Engelm.
    Opuntia phaeacantha var. superbospina (Griffiths) L.D. Benson
    Opuntia chihuahuensis Rose
    Opuntia azurea Rose
  Common Name(s): Nopal pardo [Spanish]
    tulip pricklypear
    brownspine pricklypear
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: accepted  
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomPlantae  – plantes, Planta, Vegetal, plants  
       InfrakingdomStreptophyta  – land plants  
             DivisionTracheophyta  – vascular plants, tracheophytes  
                SubdivisionSpermatophytina  – spermatophytes, seed plants, phanérogames  
                            FamilyCactaceae Juss. – cactus, cacti  
                               GenusOpuntia Mill. – figues de Barbarie, pricklypear, cholla  
                                  SpeciesOpuntia phaeacantha Engelm. – Nopal pardo, tulip pricklypear, brownspine pricklypear  
    Direct Children:  
                                     Variety Opuntia phaeacantha var. camanchica (Engelm. & J.M. Bigelow) L.D. Benson – tulip pricklypear, brownspine pricklypear 
                                     Variety Opuntia phaeacantha var. laevis (J.M. Coult.) L.D. Benson – tulip pricklypear, smooth pricklypear 
                                     Variety Opuntia phaeacantha var. major Engelm. – Mojave pricklypear, great pricklypear 
                                     Variety Opuntia phaeacantha var. phaeacantha Engelm. – tulip pricklypear 

  Expert: Charles A. Butterworth, Ph.D.  
  Notes: ITIS Cactaceae Steward   
  Reference for: Opuntia phaeacantha    
  Other Source(s):    
  Source: Checklist of CITES Species Part 1 CITES species index, CD-ROM (version 2011)  
  Acquired: 2011   
  Notes: UNEP-WCMC (Comps.) 2011. Checklist of CITES species (CD-ROM). CITES Secretariat, Geneva, Switzerland, and UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge, United Kingdom. ISBN 2-88323-030-7. Available online at or from CITES Secretariat, Chemin des Anémones, 1219 Châtelaine, Genève, Switzerland   
  Reference for: Opuntia phaeacantha   
  Source: Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad, database (version undefined)  
  Acquired: 2001   
  Notes: CONABIO: (   
  Reference for: Nopal pardo[Spanish]   
  Source: NODC Taxonomic Code, database (version 8.0)  
  Acquired: 1996   
  Reference for: Opuntia phaeacantha   
  Source: The PLANTS Database, database (version 4.0.4)  
  Acquired: 1996   
  Notes: National Plant Data Center, NRCS, USDA. Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.   
  Reference for: Opuntia phaeacantha   
  Source: The PLANTS Database, database (version 5.1.1)  
  Acquired: 2000   
  Notes: National Plant Data Center, NRCS, USDA. Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.   
  Reference for: Opuntia phaeacantha   
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 Geographic Information
  Geographic Division: North America  
  Jurisdiction/Origin: Continental US, Native  



  Comment: CITES: Appendix II listed under Cactaceae, adopted at the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (Doha, 2010)  



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