|Scientific Name||Opuntia dulcis (Opuntia engelmanni var. dulcis, Opuntia lindheimeri var. dulcis)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||OPEND|
|Common Name||Sweet Prickly Pear||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||538006|
|Description||Habitat: Desert environments along the Rio Grande from Big Bend northwest to at least El Paso; 2200 to 3500 ft. elevation.
Plant: Summer: Sprawling plant up to 3 to 5 feet high.
Pads & Spines: Pads obovate to suborbicular, 6 to 7 inches long, 4 to 6 inches across; usually 2 spines per areole, about 1-1/4 inches long; lower portions light brown to nearly white above.
Inflorescence: Yellow flowers with pale or bright red center; 2 to 2-3/4 inches across; pale green to cream-colored or colorless filaments about 5/8-inch long, yellow anthers; colorless or pinkish style with light green stigma lobes.
Bloom Period: April to May.
Fruit: Smooth with a few areoles and no spines; obovate to inverse conical shape, reddish, about 2 inches long, 1 to 1-1/4 inches diameter.
References: "Cacti of Texas" by Powell, Weedin and Powell.
|BONAP Distribution Map
Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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