Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


988

Shrub
Perennial

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

Common in Coastal Plain (uncommon in Piedmont & Mountains)

Look for it on granite outcrops, coastal dunes and scrub, sandhills, pine forests in sandy soils, Gulf Coast barrier Islands, riverine sand, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Variable ...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:
Summer/Fall
Purple/ Reddish-brown
Berry

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Opuntia mesacantha ssp. mesacantha   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 pollardii

LESS THAN Flora of North America
Opuntia humifusa var. humifusa

 

COMMON NAME:
Eastern Prickly Pear