Opuntia confusa

Griffiths, Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 27(6): 28, 1914

Holotype; Isotype; Isotype; Isotype; Isotype


Opuntia confusa is an interesting taxon because some cladodes have spination similar to that of O. dulcis, whereas other cladodes have spination similar to that of O. engelmannii. O. confusa resembles O. dulcis in overall aspect and grows along side it in some locations. The two are similar in growth form and habit. However, when they are growing together O. confusa is always smaller, rarely reaching 2-ft tall, and O. confusa pads average smaller too. O. confusa typically has large areoles with more irregularly sized glochids that are more like those of O. engelmannii. O. confusa is a bluer plant than O. dulcis. Older (oldest) spines are darker on O. confusa than those of O. dulcis. See a table that compares O. confusa with O. dulcis. Read the original description.


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