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Opuntia humifusa


Common Name(s): Eastern Prickly Pear, Low Prickly Pear, Smooth Prickly Pear
Synonym(s): Cactus humifusus, Opuntia vulgaris, Opuntia caespitosa, Opuntia mesacantha, Opuntia italica, Opuntia rafinesquei, Opuntia rafinesquei, Opuntia fuscoatra, Opuntia allairei, Opuntia nemoralis, Opuntia rubiflora, Opuntia impedata, Opuntia calcicola, Opuntia cumulicola
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Subfamily: Opuntioideae
Tribe:
Distribution: Ontario - Canada : Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia - United States (North America)
Habit: Flattened-Padded
Flower: YellowEncounterability: Common Worldwide
Species Notes: Comment from Dave Ferguson -Associate Curator, Rio Grande Botanic Garden:
O. humifusa usually has smaller rounder joints, shorter ovaries, smaller leaves (meaning the real leaves, not the joints) etc. when compared to O. macrorhiza. The later is found in sandy areas in southern Wisconsin. In fact O. macrorhiza is probably a lot more common in Wisconsin than is O. humifusa (which is usually on rock outcroppings). The two species are very closely related.
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Opuntia humifusa
O. humifusa
Picture taken at: Vladimir Malov's Private Collection

Photographer: Vladimir Malov
Opuntia humifusa
O. humifusa
Picture taken at: Habitat in Plainville, Connecticut

Photographer: Andy
Opuntia humifusa
O. humifusa
Picture taken at: Habitat in Plainville, Connecticut

Photographer: Andy
Opuntia humifusa
O. humifusa
Picture taken at: Habitat in Plainville, Connecticut

Photographer: Andy
Opuntia humifusa
O. humifusa
Picture taken at: Habitat in Plainville, Connecticut

Photographer: Andy
Opuntia humifusa
O. humifusa
Picture taken at: Habitat in Plainville, Connecticut

Photographer: Andy
Opuntia humifusa
O. humifusa
Picture taken at: Habitat in Plainville, Connecticut

Photographer: Andy
Opuntia humifusa
O. humifusa
Picture taken at: Habitat in Plainville, Connecticut

Photographer: Andy
Opuntia humifusa
O. humifusa
Picture taken at: Habitat in Plainville, Connecticut

Photographer: Andy

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