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Tucson Plants
Tucson Animals
External Resources
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VASCULAR PLANTS OF THE TUCSON MOUNTAINS
SUCCULENTS (26 Species)
from Rondeau et al. (1996)

Succulents
Herbs wi | sc | lo | lo-r

Succulents are plants that store water in their tissues.  They can store water in their stems (stem succulents; e.g., cacti), in their leaves (leaf succulents; e.g., agaves), or in their roots (root succulents).

key
Common Name Scientific Name Family LS D A
saguaro Carnegiea gigantea Cactaceae p w 1a
buckhorn cholla Opuntia acanthocarpa Cactaceae p w 1a
Engelmann's prickly pear Opuntia phaeacantha Cactaceae p w 1a
staghorn cholla Opuntia versicolor Cactaceae p w 1a
fishhook pincushion Mammilaria grahamii Cactaceae p w 2vc
chainfruit cholla Opuntia fulgida Cactaceae p w 2vc
Christmas cholla Opuntia leptocaulis Cactaceae p w 2vc
hedgehog cactus Echinocereus fasciculatus Cactaceae p w 3c
fishhook barrel cactus Ferocactus wislizenii Cactaceae p w 3c
teddy bear cholla Opuntia bigelovii Cactaceae p s 2vc
pancake prickly pear Opuntia chlorotica Cactaceae p s 3c
cane cholla Opuntia spinosior Cactaceae p s 3c
sotol Dasylirion wheeleri Agavaceae p s 3c
desert night-blooming cereus Peniocereus greggii Cactaceae p s 5r
shin dagger Agave schottii Agavaceae p l 1a
pencil cholla Opuntia arbuscula Cactaceae p l 2vc
claret cup Echinocereus triglochidiatus Cactaceae p l 3c
bunn ears prickly pear Opuntia microdasys Cactaceae p l 3c
banana yucca Yucca baccata Agavaceae p l 3c
fishhook pincushion Mammilaria thornberi Cactaceae p l 4uc
cow's tongue prickly pear Opuntia lindheimeri Cactaceae p l 4uc
California barrel cactus Ferocactus cylindraceus Cactaceae p l 5r
fishhook pincushion Mammilaria viridiflora Cactaceae p l 5r
santa rita prickly pear Opuntia santa-rita Cactaceae p l 5r
century plant Agave americana Agavaceae p l 5r
soaptree yucca Yucca elata Agavaceae p l 5r

LS = lifespan (p = perennial; a = annual; a-b = annual or biennial; a-p = annual or perennial)
D = distribution (w = widespread; s = scattered; l = local)
A = abundance (1a = abundant; 2vc = very common; 3c = common; 4uc = uncommon; 5r = rare)


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