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Opuntia austrina

Opuntia austrina Small

Devil's-tongue, Prickly Pear

Cactaceae (Cactus family)

Synonym(s): Opuntia compressa var. austrina, Opuntia eburnispina, Opuntia humifusa var. austrina, Opuntia pollardii, Opuntia polycarpa

USDA Symbol: OPAU3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Fruit: Berrylike, purplish.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Stigma lobes white.


USA: AK , FL , MS , TX


Bibref 1171 - The Cactus Family (2001) Anderson, E.F.

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Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Opuntia austrina in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Opuntia austrina in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Opuntia austrina


Record Modified: 2019-08-21
Research By: CBR

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