Opuntia chlorotica Pancake Prickly Pear, Tree Prickly
CACTUS. Upright, treelike, with a short distinct trunk.
Pads pale grayish green, circular, with abundant areoles. Central
spines may or may not be present. Glochids and spines pale tan, providing
little color contrast with the pad and giving the plant a monochromatic
appearance. Flowers small, yellowish green, followed by small green
spiny fruit that usually shrivel before ripening. An upland plant
in the Empires, frequent on rocky hilltops and granite tors.
FAMILY: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)