Taxon: Opuntia aciculata Griffiths

Genus: Opuntia
Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Opuntioideae
Tribe: Opuntieae
Nomen number: 420184
Place of publication: Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 29:10. 1916
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 27-Aug-2002 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 02-Feb-2010
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • chenille prickly-pear  (Source: Fla Entomol) - English
  • cowboy's-red-whiskers  (Source: F NAmer) - English

Economic Importance:

  • CITES Appendix II: ()
  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Fla Entomol 84:484. 2001; F NAmer)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • Northern Mexico: Mexico Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas
    • South-Central U.S.A.: United States Texas

  • Cultivated


  • Anderson, E. F. The cactus family. 2001 (Cact Fam)
  • Benson, L. The cacti of the United States and Canada. 1982 (Cact US Can)
  • CITES Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Appendices I, II and III (on-line resource). (CITES Appendices)
  • FNA Editorial Committee Flora of North America. (F NAmer)
  • Irish, M. 2001. The ornamental prickly pear industry in the southwestern United States Florida Entomol. 84:484

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