Plant ID forum: Opuntia basilaris var aurea

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Mar 16, 2015 6:47 PM CST
I wanted to add this to the database and *believe* it to be Beavertail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris) but since I'm not a desert person, thought I would get confirmation (or correction). This was taken in the Joshua Tree Park in late January of this year. Thanks.
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bamira
Mar 16, 2015 8:14 PM CST
It is typical of the prickly pear cactus for the Joshua Tree Park, does not have thorns but he has Glochidie, fine hairs are dangerous. She says blindsman - cegador , for the risk of the introduction of glochidie into the eye for grazing freely animals.
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Mar 16, 2015 8:58 PM CST

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According to what I could find, Opuntia basilaris is the only Opuntia species native the Mojave Desert that doesn't have spines. So, yes, it's almost certainly Opuntia basilaris.
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Mar 16, 2015 9:38 PM CST
Thanks. I will add to database. Wish I would have kept the plant pamphlets they kept giving me...but too much paper while traveling.
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