Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia

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Most habitat and range descriptions were obtained from Weakley's Flora.

Your search found 6 taxa in the family Cactaceae, Prickly Pear family, as understood by Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Eastern Prickly Pear
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Opuntia mesacantha ssp. mesacantha   FAMILY: Cactaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Opuntia humifusa   FAMILY: Cactaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Opuntia compressa 132-01-001   FAMILY: Cactaceae

 

Look for it on granite outcrops, coastal dunes and scrub, sandhills, pine forests in sandy soils, Gulf Coast barrier Islands, riverine sand

Common in NC-SC Coastal Plain (uncommon to rare elsewhere), endemic

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Common Eastern Prickly Pear
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Opuntia cespitosa   FAMILY: Cactaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Opuntia humifusa   FAMILY: Cactaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Opuntia compressa 132-01-001?   FAMILY: Cactaceae

 

Look for it on limestone and chalk outcrops, dolomite outcrops, glades, sandy or blackland prairies, upland hardwood or mixed hardwood-pine forests in dry, clay soils

Rare in GA

Native to Georgia

 


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Common Name: Eastern Prickly Pear
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Opuntia humifusa   FAMILY: Cactaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Opuntia humifusa   FAMILY: Cactaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Opuntia compressa 132-01-001?   FAMILY: Cactaceae

 

Look for it on slate outcrops, sandy soils, upland hardwood forests or mixed pine-hardwood forests in dry, clay or silty

Native north of the Carolinas

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Dune Prickly Pear, Dune Devil-joint, Devils-joint Cactus, Little Prickly-pear
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Opuntia drummondii   FAMILY: Cactaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH (MISAPPLIED) PLANTS National Database: Opuntia pusilla   FAMILY: Cactaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Opuntia drummondii 132-01-002   FAMILY: Cactaceae

 

Look for it on dunes on barrier islands, less commonly on river-associated sands and on granite outcrops

Uncommon

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Coastal Prickly Pear, Shell Midden Prickly-pear, Yaaxpakan, Erect Prickly-pear
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Opuntia stricta var. dillenii   FAMILY: Cactaceae
(?) PLANTS National Database: Opuntia dillenii   FAMILY: Cactaceae

 

Look for it on coastal dunes and coastal scrub, occasionally in water-logged saline soils of mangroves

Rare

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Coastal Prickly Pear, Shell Midden Prickly-pear, Erect Prickly-pear
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Opuntia stricta var. stricta   FAMILY: Cactaceae
(?) PLANTS National Database: Opuntia stricta   FAMILY: Cactaceae

 

Look for it on coastal dunes and coastal scrub, shell middens in salt marshes of the Gulf Coast, occasionally in water-logged saline soils of mangroves

Rare

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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