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Cacti

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.

Opuntia
- 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

 


Mammalaria
- Pincushion Cactus


Rainbow Pincushion
Mammilaria rhodantha


Little Nipple Cactus
Mammilaria heyderi
 

 

 

   


Cereus

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

 
Others


Saguaro
Carnegiea gigantea


Chinese Fingernail
Tephrocactus articulatus var. oligacanthus
 


Bishop's Cap Cactus
Astrophytum myriostigma


Argentine Toothpick
Stetsonia coryne


Paper Spine Cactus
 Tephrocactus articulatus


Ocotillo
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