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 in dry open places, such as thin soil around rock outcrops, sandhill forests & woodlands, dry barrens & woodlands, barrier island dunes, dry pastures, 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 humifusa var. humifusa   FAMILY Cactaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Opuntia humifusa   FAMILY Cactaceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Eastern Prickly-pear