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Opuntia engelmannii var. linguiformis (Cactus apple)
Brundage, Stephanie

Opuntia engelmannii var. linguiformis

Opuntia engelmannii Salm-Dyck ex Engelm. var. linguiformis (Griffiths) Parfitt & Pinkava

Cactus Apple

Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Synonym(s): Opuntia lindheimeri var. linguiformis, Opuntia linguiformis


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

The species of this plant is named for George Engelmann (1809-1884) who was born in Germany and settled in St. Louis, Missouri, as a young man. He was a physician and botanist, describing especially North American Abies (Firs), Agaves, Cactus (for which he described more than 108 species), Cuscuta (Dodder), Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family), Juncus (Rushes), Juniperus (“Cedar”), Pinus (Pines), Vitis (Grapes), and Yuccas. When he died much of his collection went to Missouri Botanical Garden.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Cactus/Succulent

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Apr , May



Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

Far South Wholesale Nursery - Austin, TX

Additional resources

USDA: Find Opuntia engelmannii var. linguiformis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Opuntia engelmannii var. linguiformis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Opuntia engelmannii var. linguiformis


Record Modified: 2017-08-10
Research By: DEW

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