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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 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. Some botanists consider that O. burnispina is a variant of O. austrina.  Details O. burnispina is prostrate, widely branched …

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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 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 humus has accumulated. …

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Opuntia keyensis

Britton & Small, Journal of the New York Botanical Garden 20: 31, 1919 Herbarium; Herbarium; Black and White Photograph 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 tree growing …

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Opuntia zebrina

Small, Journal of the New York Botanical Garden 20: 35, 1919 Herbarium 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 or obovate …

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Opuntia macrarthra

Gibbes, Proceedings of the Elliott Society of Natural History of Charleston, South Carolina 1: 273, 1859 Neotype (O. macrarthra); Isoneotype (O. macrarthra); Painting; Painting (Britton and Rose, The Cactaceae, v1 1919, Plate XV and Plate XXII) What is Opuntia macrarthra? Opuntia macrarthra is a small to medium-sized prickly pear cactus found along the coast of South Carolina and its islands.  Details …

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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 What is Opuntia tunoidea? Opuntia tunoidea is a prickly pear cactus that occurs along the coast of South Carolina. It has been confused over the years with O. dillenii (see Britton and Rose).  …

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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. What is Opuntia stricta? Opuntia stricta is a coastal prickly pear cactus that occurs …

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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 What is Opuntia pusilla? Opuntia pusilla is a small prickly pear cactus of the coastal plains from North Carolina, across northern Florida, to Mississippi. While thought of as …

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Opuntia nitens

Small, Manual of the Southeastern Flora 906, 1933 Herbarium; Herbarium What is Opuntia nitensOpuntia nitens is a small (1 m tall but often shorter), erect prickly pear cactus that grows in Florida. Details Cladodes are  6-15 cm long and dull-green or yellow-green. Spines on this cactus are often single but there may be up to 4 …

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Opuntia turbinata

Small, Manual of the Southeastern Flora 1933, 910 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 cladodes are …

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