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Opuntia aureispina

Opuntia aureispina (Brack & K.D. Heil) Pinkava & Parfitt

Rio Grande Pricklypear

Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Synonym(s): Opuntia macrocentra var. aureispina

USDA Symbol: OPAU7

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: 1(-1.5) m. (webref 3).
Fruit: green to reddish, turning tan, burlike, 30-40 20-25 mm. (webref 3).
Size Class: 1-3 ft. , 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: May
Bloom Notes: Flowers yellow with orange to red bases. (webref 3).


Native Distribution: Texas and Coahuila, Mexico

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


Record Modified: 2012-10-02
Research By: WMWW

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