widespread

These are Opuntias that are found over several states.

Opuntia cespitosa

Rafinesque, Bulletin Botanique 2: 216, 1830 Neotype; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium (as O. humifusa); Herbarium (with O. nemoralis); Herbarium (as humifusa); Herbarium (as humifusa); Herbarium (as O. humifusa); Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium (as O. humifusa); Herbarium See O. humifusa   See O. lata    See O. mesacantha What is Opuntia cespitosa? Opuntia cespitosa is a prickly pear included in the O. humifusa group of cacti (O.

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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 polyacantha

Haworth, Supplementum Plantarum Succulentarum 82, 1819 What is Opuntia polyacantha? Opuntia polyacantha is a variable prickly pear cactus ranging from Mexico near CA, to TX, to the Rocky Mountain states and the Great Plains, and north into Alberta and Saskatchewan. This prickly pear cactus has been observed in dry areas in MN and MO. This …

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Opuntia Web

Introduction Last major update: March 25, 2019 Opuntias are the prickly pear cacti. There are over 90 species of Opuntia in the United States. We describe them here.   Opuntias are unique cacti with unusual shapes and beautiful flowers.  They are part of the opuntiad supergroup of cacti.  The “big three” states for opuntias are Texas, …

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Opuntia macrorhiza

Engelmann, Boston Journal of Natural History 6: 206, 1850 Holotype; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium (O. macrocentra-like); Herbarium; Herbarium Herbarium; Herbarium; Print (Britton and Rose, v1 1919, plate XXVIII); Print (Addisonia, 1916, plate 19); Print See O. cespitosa What is Opuntia macrorhiza? Opuntia macrorhiza is a small, prostrate prickly pear cactus, seldom reaching …

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Opuntia humifusa

(Rafinesque) Rafinesque, Flora Medica (or Manual of the Medical Botany of the United States of North America) 2: 247, 1830 Neotype; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium (as O. calcicola); Herbarium (as Cactus humifusus); Herbarium (as Cactus opuntia) Drawing (Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, vol. 50: pl 2393, 1823 [as Cactus opuntia]); Drawing (Audubon, Birds of America [double elephant folio edition, plate …

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Opuntia gilvescens

Griffiths, Annual Report of the Missouri Botanical Garden 20: 87, 1909 Holotype (as O. gilvescens); Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium;  Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Unless indicated otherwise, all specimens originally submitted as O. phaeacantha O. gilvescens is related to O. camanchica O. gilvescens is related to O. phaeacantha What is Opuntia gilvescens? Opuntia

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Opuntia fragilis

(Nutt.) Haworth, Synopsis plantarum succulentarum 82, 1819 Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Painting What is Opuntia fragilis? Opuntia fragilis is one of the smallest opuntias in the United States. It is found throughout the Mountain West and the northern Midwest, and it is very cold hardy. Details Dr. Eric Ribbens writes: Opuntia fragilis

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Opuntia orbiculata

Salm-Dyck ex Pfeiffer, Enumeratio diagnostica cactearum hucusque cognitarum 156, 1837 Herbarium (as O. crinifera); Herbarium (seedling);  Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Note: unless indicated otherwise, all herbarium specimens were submitted  as O. engelmannii; Herbarium (O. dillei); Herbarium; (O. dillei); Painting; Painting What is Opuntia orbiculata? Opuntia orbiculata is a large prickly pear cactus that is found …

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Opuntia engelmannii

Salm-Dyck ex Engelmann, Boston Journal of Natural History 6(2): 207, 1850 Lectotype; Isotype (as O. gregoriana); Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium (as O. gregoriana); Herbarium (as O. gregoriana) See O. lindheimeri See checklist of differences between O. lindheimeri and O. engelmannii What is Opuntia engelmannii? Opuntia

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