Pancake prickly pear, dollarjoint prickly pear
Southeast California, southeast Nevada, most of Arizona, southwest New Mexico, extreme southwest Utah
Large, tall, branched clusters, with a thick central trunk
Rocky slopes, scrubland, mountain foothills
Yellow with red centers, blooming April to May
Opuntia chlorotica, a widespread prickly pear found in five states, forms great clusters; old specimens reach heights of 8 feet or more and have hundreds of pads branching from a thick central trunk, (usually) covered in golden-yellow spines, between 1 and 2 inches long in clusters of up to 7, which continue to grow on old segments, so that the lower limbs of these large plants seem especially prickly. Spines may be largely or completely absent, however, but the large glochids are always present to greater or lesser extent, also colored gold. Pads are grey green or blue green in color, between 5 and 8 inches long, circular or ovate.