Plant Portraits:

The California Legacy of A.R. Valentien

Beavertail Cactus: Opuntia basilaris

The vivid colors of the flowers of the Beavertail Cactus are due to a type of pigment known only in a few plant families. Although the lack of spines on this cactus give the plant a benign look, the Beavertail Cactus is well armored: thousands of hairlike spines, called glochids, are borne in circular patches on the pale blue-green pads.

Beavertail Cactus

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