Opuntia rufida

Engelmann, Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 3: 298, 1856

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Opuntia rufida occurs in the Big Bend area of Texas and south into the greater Chihuahuan Desert. The much-branched plants may reach 3-ft tall and a bit wider. The species makes up for its total lack of spines with a profusion of red-brown glochids. Britton and Rose reported that this species is less common than, and is sometimes confused with, O. microdaysys, another spineless plant sympatric with O. rufida in Mexico. However, the glochids of O. microdasys are generally pale. Also, unlike O. microdasys, O. rufida has reniform to circular cladodes. See the original description. O. rufida is diploid.

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