Opuntia nemoralis

Opuntia nemoralis
Opuntia nemoralis

Griffiths, Monatsschrift fur Kakteenkunde 23: 133, 1913

Herbarium NOTE: the herbarium speciment is notable because it contains two different plant species. Only the lower cladodes (smaller) conform to the the description of O. nemoralis. The upper cladodes (larger) are another Opuntia species.

 

Details (Joe Shaw and Barry Snow)

Opuntia nemoralis is a southern Midwest prickly pear that has been observed in saline prairies, sandhills, and shale outcrops in AR, LA, and TX. Perhaps this cactus occurs in adjacent states. Plants observed north of Lake Ouachita in AR were glaucous/pruinose, especially in winter, whereas plants near Longview, TX had purple areoles that were striking. O. nemoralis is uncommonly encountered. It forms low clumps 2- to 4-inches tall and up to 2(3)-ft across. O. nemoralis has been erroneously conflated with O. humifusa. However, it is different from O. humifusa although it is a member of that clade. See the original description. O. nemoralis is tetraploid.

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