Opuntia chlorotica

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Opuntia chlorotica
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae
Genus: Opuntia
Species: O. chlorotica
Binomial name
Opuntia chlorotica
Engelm. & Bigelow

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.[1][2] 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.[3]


  1. ^ Nathaniel Lord Britton. 1919. p. 160
  2. ^ Jepson Manual Treatment: Opuntia chlorotica. 1993
  3. ^ C. Michael Hogan. 2009


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