Flora of the Southeastern United States
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CACTACEAE

Opuntia humifusa (Rafinesque) Rafinesque. Eastern Prickly Pear. Phen: May-Jun; Aug-Dec. Hab: Slate outcrops, sandy soils, upland hardwood forests or mixed pine-hardwood forests in dry, clay or silty soils. Dist: O. humifusa is restricted primarily to the Appalachian Mountains and mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain, but also occurs in the inner Coastal Plain of c. and nc. MS (Attala, Choctaw, Grenada, Webster cos.).

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Syn: = K4, NY, Majure et al (2017); > Opuntia calcicola – WV; < Opuntia compressa – RAB; > Opuntia compressa – WV; < Opuntia compressa var. compressa – G; < Opuntia humifusa – C, F, K2, Pa, W, WH3; > Opuntia humifusa – Ward (2009e); < Opuntia humifusa var. humifusa – FNA4, K1, Va, Benson (1982), Doyle (1990); > Opuntia impedita – S; > Opuntia macrarthra – S; > Opuntia opuntia – S

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