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Opuntia strigil (Marblefruit pricklypear)
Cliffe, Harry

Opuntia strigil

Opuntia strigil Engelm.

Marblefruit Pricklypear, Marblefruit Prickly Pear

Cactaceae (Cactus Family)


USDA Symbol: OPST3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


From the Image Gallery

3 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May


Native Habitat: Desert scrub, limestone hills and plains.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

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

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-1292 Collected 2009-05-28 in Terrell County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-21
Research By: DEW

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