Opuntia fragilis (Nutt.) Haw.
  • Suppl. Pl. Succ.

This taxon is accepted by Cactaceae
Notes: More details could be found in The Plant List v.1.1. Originally in The Plant List v.1.0

General Description

"Prostrate or spreading, forming dense mats to 5 dm wide; joints orbicular to obovate, very turgid, 2–5 × 1–2.5 cm, easily detached; areoles crowded, commonly 3–6 mm apart, usually coarsely white-woolly, all or nearly all armed with (1–)3–7 strongly barbed spines 1.2–2.5 cm; fls yellow to greenish, 4–5 cm wide; fr fleshy and greenish to reddish when young, dry and tan at maturity, inedible, 1.2–1.5 cm; seeds discoid, with an irregular margin; 2n=66. Dry prairies and plains; Ill. and Wis. and n. Mich. to B.C., n. Tex., and Ariz. May–July."


  • 1 "Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp."
  • 2 Suppl. Pl. Succ.

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World Flora Online Data. 2017.
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New York Botanical Garden
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World Flora Online Data. 2017.
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International Union for Conservation of Nature
IUCN 2016. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016-2
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