Opuntia sp nova aff camanchica

Opuntia sp nova aff camanchica
Opuntia sp nova aff camanchica

Introduction

Opuntia sp nova aff camanchica is an undescribed prickly pear cactus that occurs in the area of greater Albuquerque, New Mexico, including adjacent portions of Cibola National Forest. It may be found from 1650 m to 2000 m, but its altitudinal range may be greater. Similarly it may range much beyond the Albuquerque area. The prickly pear plants are semi-woody (stiff), and inspection suggests an affinity with O. camanchica. This Opuntia is smaller than O. camanchica

Though close examination shows the plant to be distinct, it is often assumed to be O. phaeacantha because the two prickly pears are of similar size. This is just one of many, presumed, undescribed Opuntia taxa in the United states. 

 

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