Engelmann's pricklypear Cactaceae Opuntia
engelmannii Salm-Dyck ex Engelm.
|Leaf: Reduced to a spine, 1 1/2 inches, 1-6 per areole, areoles 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart.
Flower: Yellow to red, three inches, late spring to early summer, born along the edges of the joints.
Fruit: Barrel-shaped, fleshy, unarmed or armed with very short spines, yellow-green ripening to purple, to 3 inches, maturing late summer.
Twig: Segmented, each segment broad and flat, oval to round in shape, to 10 inches long and less than one inch thick, often described as a "beaver tail".
Form: Shrubby, to a height of 4 feet, forming wide-spreading clumps.
Looks like: Plains pricklypear
- blind pricklypear
| Additional Range Information:
Opuntia engelmannii is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting Engelmann's pricklypear.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson