Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2687

Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Rare

Look for it on coastal dunes and coastal scrub, shell middens in salt marshes of the Gulf Coast, occasionally in water-logged saline soils of mangroves, per Weakley's Flora

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...Dry

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Yellow
Bisexual or sometimes functionally staminate
Radially symmetrical
Numerous tepals (usually)
Numerous stamens (usually)
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall
Dark pinkish-purple
Berry

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Caryophyllales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Opuntia stricta var. stricta   FAMILY Cactaceae

(?) PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Opuntia stricta   FAMILY Cactaceae

LESS THAN Flora of North America
Opuntia stricta

SYNONYMOUS WITH Synthesis of the North American Flora (Kartesz, 1999)
Opuntia stricta var. stricta

 

COMMON NAME:
Coastal Prickly Pear, Shell Midden Prickly-pear


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image of Opuntia stricta var. stricta

Keith Bradley    kab_opuntia_stricta_00142

April    Monroe County    FL

Valhalla Rock Barren

Spines mostly 0-3 per areole & straight [vs. var. dillenii 0-11 & curved], per Weakley's Flora.

image of Opuntia stricta var. stricta

Keith Bradley    kab_opuntia_stricta_00168

April    Monroe County    FL

Inner tepals light yellow throughout; filaments, anthers style & stigma yellow, per Flora of North America.

image of Opuntia stricta var. stricta

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmo_stricta

Month Unknown        

Joints narrowly obovate, narrowly elliptic, or oblong, mostly 12-25(35)cm long, per Weakley's Flora.