Opuntia leucotricha

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Opuntia leucotricha
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Opuntioideae
Tribe: Opuntieae
Genus: Opuntia
Species: O. leucotricha— DC.
Binomial name
Opuntia leucotricha

Opuntia leucotricha, with the common names: arborescent pricklypear, Aaron's beard cactus, and semaphore cactus; and (in Spanish) duraznillo blanco and nopal blanco. [1]


It is a species of Opuntia (prickly pear) that is endemic to Mexico. The cactus occurs in mountain habitats, in the states of: San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas, Guanajuato, and Querétaro.[1]


Opuntia leucotricha is a tree-like cactus, growing up to 5 metres (16 ft) tall. The platyclades have a thin fuzz of white hairs on their joints.

The plant is an invasive species in Florida.

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