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There is no magic recipe for identifying cacti. Many are hybrids of several species. But it helps to know if it is an opuntia, a cholla,  a mammalaria or what?  In recent years, due to DNA sequencing, many cacti have been moved from one group to another; so don't be surprised if you find the same cactus has a couple different names. And some hybridize rampantly. Click on the photo for an enlargement and then use the back arrow on your browser to return to this page.

- Prickly Pears

Pancake Prickly Pear
Opuntia chlorotica


Black Spine Prickly Pear
Opuntia macrocentra

Spineless Prickly Pear
Opuntia laevis

Bunny Ear Prickly Pear
Opuntia microdasys

Cow's Tongue Prickly Pear
Opuntia engelmannii linguiformis

Santa Rita Prickly Pear
Opuntia santa-rita

Beavertail Cactus
Opuntia basilaris


Brown Spine Prickly Pear
 Opuntia phaeacantha

Barbary Fig
Opuntia ficus-indica


Yellow Polkadot 
Opuntia microdasys lutea


Pine Cone Prickly Pear
Opuntia turpinii


Cholla - the cactus you often see tourists "wearing"

Chain-fruit Cholla
Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa

Staghorn Cholla
Opuntia versicolor


- Pincushion Cactus

Rainbow Pincushion
Mammilaria rhodantha

Little Nipple Cactus
Mammilaria heyderi





Queen of the Night
Peniocereus greggii /Cereus greggii

Claret Cup Hedgehog

Echinocereus triglochidiatus


Curiosity plant
Cereus peruvianus "Monstrosa"

Peruvian Apple
Cereus Peruvianus
Cereus repandus

Old Man of the Mountains Oreocereus celsianus

Totem Pole Cactus
Pachycereus schottii

Mexican Fence Post Cactus
Pachycereus marginatus


San Pedro Cactus
Echinopsis pachanoi, syn. Trichocereus pachonoi

Golden Torch Cereus
Echinopsis spachiana

Organ Pipe
Stenocereus thurberi


Echinopsis / Trichocereus Hybrids

Echinopsis/ Trichocereus Hybrid

Echinopsis/Trichocereus Hybrid
Bloom Cluster Close-up

Echinopsis/Trichocereus Hybrid 'Big Bertha'




Barrel Cacti & Relatives

Crow's Claw
Ferocactus latispinus

Compass Barrel Cactus
Ferocactus acanthodes

Fish Hook Barrel Cactus Ferocactus wislizeni

Golden Barrel
Echinocactus grusonii

  Golden Barrel Cluster Echinocactus grusonii

Crested Golden Barrel
 Echinocactus grusonii crestata


Carnegiea gigantea

Chinese Fingernail
Tephrocactus articulatus var. oligacanthus

Bishop's Cap Cactus
Astrophytum myriostigma

Argentine Toothpick
Stetsonia coryne

Paper Spine Cactus
 Tephrocactus articulatus

Fouquieria splendens
(Although not a true cactus, Ocotillo
 are often grouped w/ cacti)



* The term SaddleBrooke  is meant to be inclusive of HOA 1, HOA 2 (including the Preserve) and SaddleBrooke Ranch.

Photo Credits: Lyle Larson, Debbie Muise, Elissa Cochran