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Pancake Prickly-pear
Opuntia chlorotica
About Pancake Prickly-pear (Opuntia chlorotica) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Opuntia chlorotica is a species of plant in the Cactaceae family. It is a species of prickly pear native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Its common names include pancake prickly pear, flapjack prickly pear and dollarjoint prickly pear. This cactus is bluish-green and manifests a bushy to erect form that may attain a height of two meters or more. Some analysis of the prehistoric range of O. chlorotica has been conducted by studies in the Waterman Mountains of Arizona; these pollen core analyses indicate that this cactus species was present in northern Arizona in late Wisconsinan glaciation period.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub, Succulent

6.6 - 9.8 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Orange, Yellow

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 5 likely * ) SHOW ALL
Pseudoschinia elautalis Image
Pseudoschinia elautalisPseudoschinia elautalis
Dyotopasta yumaella Image
Dyotopasta yumaellaDyotopasta yumaella
Laetilia dilatifasciella Image
Laetilia dilatifasciellaLaetilia dilatifasciella
Dicymolomia opuntialis Image
Dicymolomia opuntialisDicymolomia opuntialis

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Common uses
Deer Resistant

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 5.9" - 20.7", Summer Precipitation: 1.19" - 3.11", Coldest Month: 39.3" - 49.8", Hottest Month: 61.8" - 82.0", Humidity: 2.43" - 33.57", Elevation: 2183" - 7763"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Dollarjoint Pricklypear, Flapjack Prickly Pear, Pancake Cactus, Pancake Prickly Pear

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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