|Scientific Name||Opuntia engelmannii var. lindheimeri (Opuntia lindheimeri)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||OPENL|
|Common Name||Texas Prickly Pear||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||195321|
|Description||Habitat: Sandy, gravelly or rocky soils from 1000 to 1800 ft; generally east of the Pecos.
Plant: Large, sprawling plant 1-1/2 to 6 feet high and up to 15 feet across.
Pads & Spines: Pads obovate to orbicular, 6 to 12 inches long, 4-3/4 to 10 inches across; 1 to 5 spines per areole, almost always shiny yellow or whitish-yellow, sometimes with red or reddish-brown bases, aging blackish, 1-1/4 to 3 inches long.
Inflorescence: Yellow flowers without red center, becoming orange or reddish late in the day and early second day; occasionally orange veins on inner tepals; 2 to 3-1/4 inches across; cream-colored filaments and anthers; greenish-yellow to white style with dark green stigma lobes.
Bloom Period: April to June.
Fruit: Pear-shaped, purple to dark reddish-purple, 1-1/4 to 2-3/4 inches long, 1 to 1-1/2 inches diameter.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, Opuntia Web, "Cacti of Texas" by Powell, Weedin and Powell and SEINet.
|BONAP Distribution Map
Opuntia lindheimeriMap Color Key
Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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