Plains pricklypear Cactaceae Opuntia polyacantha Haw. Listen to the Latin   symbol: OPPO
Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Reduced to a spine, up to 2 1/2 inches, areoles approximately 1 1/2 inch apart, white to yellow-brown, may completely cover the segments.
Flower: Yellow, pink or red, 2 inches across, 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 1 1/2 inches, maturing late summer.

Twig: Segmented, each segment broad and flat, oval to round in shape, to 6 inches long and less than one inch thick, often described as a "beaver tail", gray-green.

Bark:

Form: Shrubby, to a height of 2 feet, forming 4 foot wide clumps.
 
Looks like: Engelmann's pricklypear - blind pricklypear
No range map exists for this species. See a map of the states in which Opuntia polyacantha can be found (opens a new window). USDA Plants Database - Horticulture
Opuntia polyacantha is native to North America.

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