Opuntia leucotricha

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

Opuntia leucotricha is a species of cactus 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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