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Opuntia fragilis (brittle pricklypear)

Author(s): Jane E. Taylor
Year Published: 2005
Description:

This FEIS species review synthesizes information on the relationship of Opuntia fragilis (brittle pricklypear) to fire--how fire affects the species and its habitat, effects of the species on fuels and fire regimes, and fire management considerations. Information is also provided on the species' taxonomy, distribution, basic biology, and general management. This species review can be used for fire management, restoration planning, NEPA documents, and postfire rehabilitation planning. It may also be helpful in wildlife and habitat management, and as a source of information on the general ecology of individual species.

Citation: Taylor, Jane 2005. Opuntia fragilis (brittle pricklypear). In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available: http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/cactus/opufra/all.html.
Topic(s): Fire Ecology, Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Vegetation
Ecosystem(s): Ponderosa pine woodland/savanna, Juniper woodland, Sagebrush steppe, Lower montane/foothills/valley grassland
Document Type: Synthesis
NRFSN number: 10867
FEIS Number: 762
Record updated: Jan 23, 2018