Flora of the Southeastern United States
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Opuntia austrina Small. Southern Prickly Pear, Florida Prickly-pear. Phen: Late Mar-May; Jul-Nov. Hab: Florida scrub, longleaf pine sandhills, and transitional areas between Florida scrub, longleaf pine sandhills and pine flatwoods, dunes, shell middens, in deep, sandy soils. Dist: Apparently endemic to FL occurring throughout most of the state but most common in the peninsula and mostly absent from the Panhandle.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Syn: = Majure et al (2017); > Opuntia ammophila – K3, K4, S, Ward (2009e); > Opuntia atrocapensis – S; > Opuntia austrina – K3, K4, S, Ward (2009e); > Opuntia cumulicola – S, S; < Opuntia humifusa – WH3; > Opuntia humifusa var. ammophila – FNA4, K1, Benson (1982), Doyle (1990); > Opuntia humifusa var. austrina – K1, Benson (1982), Doyle (1990); >< Opuntia humifusa var. humifusa – FNA4; > Opuntia nitens – S; > Opuntia pisciformis – S; > Opuntia polycarpa – S; > Opuntia turgida – S

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