Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


4211

Shrub
Perennial

Native to Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA - -

Rare in GA

Look for it on limestone and chalk outcrops, dolomite outcrops, glades, sandy or blackland prairies, upland hardwood or mixed hardwood-pine forests in dry, clay soils, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Alternate

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

FRUIT:
Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall
Purple/ Reddish-brown
Berry

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Opuntia cespitosa   FAMILY Cactaceae

LESS THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Opuntia humifusa   FAMILY Cactaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 132-01-001?:
Opuntia compressa   FAMILY Cactaceae

GREATER THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Opuntia opuntia

LESS THAN Flora of North America
Opuntia humifusa var. humifusa

 

COMMON NAME:
Common Eastern Prickly Pear


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image of Opuntia cespitosa

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_o_humifusa_humifusa

May        

Tepals yellow with red or maroon bases (those of O. humifusa entirely yellow, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Opuntia cespitosa

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_opuntia_humifusa_18

May        

image of Opuntia cespitosa

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_o_humifusa_humif

June        

Central spines mostly 1-2 per areole (vs. O. humifusa is spineless), per Weakley's Flora.