Flora of the Southeastern United States
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Opuntia mesacantha Rafinesque ssp. lata (Small) Majure. Prickly-pear. Phen: (Mid Mar-) Apr-May (-Jun); Jul-Feb. Hab: Coastal dunes and scrub, sandhills, borders of pine flatwoods, scrub, coastal islands (FL, GA, SC), riverine sands. Dist: Ssp. lata is restricted to the outer Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plains and the FL peninsula.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Syn: = K4, Majure et al (2017); < Opuntia compressa – RAB; < Opuntia compressa var. compressa – G; < Opuntia humifusa – C, F, Fl5, K3, Pa, W, WH3; < Opuntia humifusa var. humifusa – FNA4, K1, Va, Benson (1982), Doyle (1990); > Opuntia impedita – S

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