Utah Valley University Herbarium


Accession # 04262 
Family - UVUAPG III FamilyCronquist FamilyA Utah Flora
Species Opuntia fragilis (Nutt.) Haw.
Common name   brittle pricklypear
M. Quinn   s.n.  
Coll. Date 24 May 2000 
United States
Locality Calf Creek, N of Calf Creek Campground;
Habitat Notes sagebrush and junipers; sandy soil. 
Climate NCDC temperatures, daily high (red), daily average (green) and daily low (blue), from 1970 to 2000 at this location.   NCDC average monthly precipitation from 1970 to 2000 at this location.
Latitude Longitude 37° 48'  20" N, 111° 24'  40" W
Township Range T34S, R4E, Sec. 36  
Datum Not recorded
Uncertainty Not calculated
TRS Notes Latitude and longitude were derived from township and range information and may be
inaccurate by as much as 0.7 miles (or 4.2 miles if the section is not given).


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

     Opuntia fragilis (Nutt.) Haw.

Common Name(s): brittle cactus, brittle pricklypear, fragile cactus, jumping cactus, little pricklypear, little pricklypear cactus.

Taxonomic Hierarchy: (ITIS TSN=19707, click for more information and references)

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


Available images of this specimen (click to view):
specimen image: 04262s2.jpg

Images of other samples of the same species:
specimen image: 01002s1.jpg 
specimen image: 03326s1.jpg 
specimen image: 05258s2.jpg 

Nearby Accessions

Other accessions in the database collected near this one:

Accession Name Dist., dir.
05286 Achnatherum aridum      "Mormon needlegrass" same section
01289 Artemisia filifolia      "sand sagebrush" same section
05287 Asclepias tuberosa      "butterfly milkweed" same section
08994 Chenopodium fremontii  var. fremontii   "Fremont's goosefoot" same section
08993 Chrysothamnus nauseosus  var. gnaphalodes   "gray-stem rubber rabbitbrush" same section
06032 Cleome lutea      "yellow spiderflower" same section
06027 Cryptantha cinerea  var. pustulosa   "blistered James' cat's eye" same section
08996 Lepidium eastwoodiae      "Eatwood's pepperwort" same section
08995 Machaeranthera canescens  var. canescens   "gray tansy aster" same section
14392 Penstemon rostriflorus      "Bridges' beardtongue" 2523 ft. W
01298 Rhus aromatica  var. simplicifolia   "skunkbush sumac" same section
06029 Sarcostemma cynanchoides      "fringed twinevine" same section
01291 Shepherdia rotundifolia      "round-leaf buffaloberry" same section
06028 Sphaeralcea parvifolia      "small-leaf globemallow" same section
08992 Thelypodium integrifolium  var. gracilipes  same section


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

Name County Dist., dir. Elevation (ft.) 7.5' Quad Name
Boynton Lookout (Locale) Garfield County, UT 2998 ft. E 5909  Calf Creek 
Calf Creek Recreation Area (Locale) Garfield County, UT 0.8 mi. S 5355  Calf Creek 
Calf Creek Campground (Locale) Garfield County, UT 0.9 mi. S 5443  Calf Creek 
Haymaker Bench (Bench) Garfield County, UT 0.8 mi. SE 5958  Calf Creek 
Dry Hollow (Valley) Garfield County, UT 1.4 mi. N   Boulder Town 
Bowington Bench (Bench) Garfield County, UT 1.2 mi. W 5889  Calf Creek 
Lower Calf Creek Falls (Falls) Garfield County, UT 1.7 mi. N 5607  Calf Creek 
Calf Creek (Stream) Garfield County, UT 2.1 mi. S   Calf Creek 
The Hogback (Ridge) Garfield County, UT 2.1 mi. N 6313  Calf Creek 
Bowington Arch (Arch) Garfield County, UT 2.2 mi. S 5407  Calf Creek 
Phipps Wash (Valley) Garfield County, UT 2.8 mi. S   Tenmile Flat 
Maverick Bridge (Bridge) Garfield County, UT 2.9 mi. S 5364  Calf Creek 
Escalante Natural Bridge (Bridge) Garfield County, UT 2.9 mi. SW 5558  Calf Creek 
Phipps Arch (Arch) Garfield County, UT 3.4 mi. S 5561  Calf Creek 
Sand Hollow (Valley) Garfield County, UT 2.7 mi. W   Calf Creek 
Durffey Mesa (Summit) Garfield County, UT 3.4 mi. N 6614  Calf Creek 
McGath Point (Summit) Garfield County, UT 3 mi. NW 6680  Calf Creek 
Willow Patch Creek (Stream) Garfield County, UT 2.9 mi. W   Calf Creek 
Deer Creek (Stream) Garfield County, UT 3 mi. SE   Boulder Town 
Deer Creek Recreation Area (Area) Garfield County, UT 3.2 mi. NE 5650  King Bench 


Taxon Links for species Opuntia fragilis  (Nutt.) Haw.

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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