Utah Valley University Herbarium


Accession # 13523 
Family - UVUAPG III FamilyCronquist FamilyA Utah Flora
Species Opuntia erinacea Engelm. & Bigelow ex Engelm.
Infraspecific    var. aurea (E.M. Baxter) S.L. Welsh
W. Fertig   23966  
Coll. Date 12 June 2008 
United States
Kane County
Locality Colorado Plateau, S of US Hwy 89 and W of junction of Yellow Jacket Road, ca 1.3 miles NNE of Clay Flat and 10 air miles NW of Kanab.
     Elev.: 5800 ft. (1768 m.)
Latitude Longitude 37° 11'  16.26" N, 112° 39'  37.66" W
Township Range T42S R7W S5 SW4SE4NW4  
Datum NAD83 
Uncertainty Polygon diameter (with coordinate as origin): GPS
Georef. Notes This coordinate was obtained by a GPS unit and an error estimate was not recorded by the user. However due to the accuracy of most units, a polygon diameter between 25 and 250 meters could reasonably be assumed.


Synonyms recognized by ITIS (bold taxon is currently accepted):

     Opuntia aurea E.M. Baxter

     Opuntia basilaris var. aurea (E.M. Baxter) W.T. Marsh.
     Opuntia erinacea var. aurea (E.M. Baxter) Welsh

Common Name(s): golden pricklypear, golden pricklypear.

Taxonomic Hierarchy: (ITIS TSN=517815, click for more information and references)

        Kingdom: Plantae
            Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
                Division: Magnoliophyta
                    Class: Magnoliopsida
                        Subclass: Caryophyllidae
                            Order: Caryophyllales
                                Family: Cactaceae
                                    Genus: Opuntia
                                        Species: Opuntia aurea


Available images of this specimen (click to view):
specimen image: 13523s1.jpg

Images of other samples of the same species:
specimen image: 02880s1.jpg 
specimen image: 05719s2.jpg 
specimen image: 05721s1.jpg 
specimen image: 05722s1.jpg 
specimen image: 05865s1.jpg 
specimen image: 05947s2.jpg 
specimen image: 13580s1.jpg 
specimen image: 16692s1.jpg 

Nearby Accessions

Other accessions in the database collected near this one:

Accession Name Dist., dir.
13546 Brickellia oblongifolia  var. linifolia   "narrow-leaf brickellbush" 1.3 mi. NE
13579 Cryptantha abata      "low cat's eye" 1.3 mi. NE
13525 Erigeron utahensis  var. utahensis   "Utah fleabane" 1134 ft. E
15481 Lepidium lasiocarpum  var. georginum   "St. George peppercress" 669 ft. SW
13520 Physaria rectipes      "straight bladderpod" 1114 ft. E
13517 Wyethia scabra      "rough mule's ears" 1114 ft. E


Nearby locations from the USGS Geographic Name Information System (GNIS) database:

Name County Dist., dir. Elevation (ft.) 7.5' Quad Name
Moncur Spring (Spring) Kane County, UT 1.4 mi. W 5430  Mount Carmel 
Clay Flat (Flat) Kane County, UT 2.1 mi. S 5561  Mount Carmel 
Dianas Throne (Summit) Kane County, UT 1.8 mi. E 6962  Mount Carmel 
Twin Hollow (Valley) Kane County, UT 2.2 mi. NW   Mount Carmel 
State Barn Wash (Valley) Kane County, UT 2.4 mi. N   Mount Carmel 
Mount Carmel Trailer Park (Populated Place) Kane County, UT 2.7 mi. N 5197  Mount Carmel 
Mount Carmel Junction (Populated Place) Kane County, UT 2.7 mi. N 5204  Mount Carmel 
Red Knoll (Summit) Kane County, UT 2.8 mi. SE 6388  Mount Carmel 
Sand Wash (Valley) Kane County, UT 3.1 mi. N   White Tower 
Long Valley (Valley) Kane County, UT 3.1 mi. N   Long Valley Junction 
Lower Sand Wash (Valley) Kane County, UT 3.2 mi. N   White Tower 
Spring Hollow (Valley) Kane County, UT 3.3 mi. N   Orderville 
Muddy Creek (Stream) Kane County, UT 3.6 mi. N   Strawberry Point 
Elkheart Cliffs (Cliff) Kane County, UT 3.5 mi. NE 6332  Mount Carmel 
Monument Hollow (Valley) Kane County, UT 3 mi. W   Mount Carmel 
Yellowjacket Canyon (Valley) Kane County, UT 3.6 mi. SW   Yellowjacket Canyon 
Meeks Cliffs (Cliff) Kane County, UT 3.1 mi. W 5643  Mount Carmel 
Foot Ranch (Locale) Kane County, UT 3.2 mi. W 5030  Mount Carmel 
Mount Carmel (Populated Place) Kane County, UT 4.1 mi. N 5302  Mount Carmel 
Joseph Canyon (Valley) Kane County, UT 3.3 mi. W   Mount Carmel 


Taxon Links for species Opuntia erinacea  Engelm. & Bigelow ex Engelm.

CalPhotos, Berkeley Digital Library Project

CNPS Manual of California Vegetation Database

USDA Plants database
University of Washington Herbarium: Plants of Washington (images)

Texas A&M University: Image Library (images)

Lady Bird Johnson's Wildflower Center

Google Images

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