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Opuntias found primarily along the ocean coasts. These are mostly Florida or Gulf Coast species.

Opuntia eburnispina

Britton and Rose, The Cactaceae vol IV, 260. 1923 Herbarium Original Description What is Opuntia eburnispina? Opuntia eburnispina is a rarely found prickly pear cactus from Cape Romano, Florida. It may be related to O. humifusa or O. austrina, and some botanists consider that O. eburnispina is synonymous with O. austrina.  Details O. eburnispina is …

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Opuntia abjecta

Small ex Britton and Rose, The Cactaceae, Descriptions and Illustrations of Plants of the Cactus Family 4: 257, 1923 Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium Original Citation What is Opuntia abjecta? Opuntia abjecta is a prickly pear cactus that occurs in the lower Florida Keys where it grows on bare limestone or where a bit of sand or …

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Opuntia keyensis

Britton & Small, Journal of the New York Botanical Garden 20: 31, 1919 Herbarium; Herbarium; Black and White Photograph Original Description What is Opuntia keyensis? Opuntia keyensis is native Florida prickly pear cactus found in the Keys and Cape Sable.  Details O. keyensis is a large, erect, multi-branched cactus that forms a shrub or small …

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Opuntia zebrina

Small, Journal of the New York Botanical Garden 20: 35, 1919 Herbarium Original Description What is Opuntia zebrina? Opuntia zebrina is a medium-sized prickly pear cactus of the Florida Keys. It is named “zebrina” because it has spines that are banded yellow (tan) and dark brown. Details O. zebrina grows to 1 m tall or less. Cladodes are oval …

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Opuntia tunoidea

Gibbes, Proceedings of the Elliott Society of Natural History 1: 272, 1859 O. bentonii is similar to O. tunoidea Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium Original Description What is Opuntia tunoidea? Opuntia tunoidea is a prickly pear cactus that occurs along the coast of South Carolina and on adjacent islands. It has been confused over the years with …

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Opuntia stricta

(Haworth) Haworth, Synopsis Plantarum Succulentarum 191, 1812 Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium O. stricta has similarities with O. dillenii, another beach prickly pear O. stricta is different from O. anahuacensis, but they are both beach prickly pears. Original Citation What is Opuntia stricta? Opuntia stricta is a coastal prickly pear cactus …

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Opuntia pusilla (O. drummondii)

(Haworth) Haworth, Synopsis Plantarum Succulentarum 195, 1812 Neotype; Neotype; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium;  Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium (O. frustulenta); Painting Original Description What is Opuntia pusilla? Opuntia pusilla is a small prickly pear cactus of the Atlantic Coastal Plants from North Carolina, and across parts of northern Florida …

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Opuntia nitens

Small, Manual of the Southeastern Flora 906, 1933 Herbarium; Herbarium Original Description What is Opuntia nitensOpuntia nitens is a small (1 m tall but often shorter), erect prickly pear cactus that grows in Florida that is related to O. austrina.  Details Cladodes are  6-15 cm long and dull-green or yellow-green. Spines on this cactus are …

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Opuntia turbinata

Small, Manual of the Southeastern Flora 1933, 910 Original Description What is Opuntia turbinata? Opuntia turbinata is a prickly pear cactus that occurs in colonies along the coasts of Georgia and Florida where it grows in sand dunes. Details O. turbinata is an erect, much-branched plant that is less than than 1 m tall. The …

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Opuntia dillenii

(Ker Gawl.) Haworth Supplementum Plantarum Succulentarum. 79, 1819 Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium (O. dillenii tehuantepecana); Herbarium; Herbarium; Painting (Britton and Rose, v1 1919, plate XXVIII, No. 2); Print (Botanical Register 1817, 3: plate 255) O. dillenii has similarities with O. stricta See O. anahuacensis, another beach prickly pear Original Citation What is Opuntia

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