Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

Opuntia humifusa (Raf.) Raf.
CACTACEAE
creeping prickly pear
Invasive, Problem species
Origin: North America (Central and Eastern USA)
Growth Form: Shrub
Plant Description: Plant: Succulent, low, spreading shrublet up to 0.3 m high; cladodes prostrate or reclining and no more than two pads high, green to grey-green, flattened, round to obovate, up to 150 mm long; spines absent or with 1–2(–3) main spines, confined to the upper half of the cladode; areoles with dense glochids. Leaves: Small, pointed, up to 10 mm long, prominent on young cladodes, early deciduous. Flowers: Golden-yellow, usually with orange or red in the throat; showy, large, up to 100 mm long x 80 mm wide, receptacle (floral tube) up to 60 mm long and narrow, October–December. Fruit: Red or purple, succulent berries, narrow, elongated (to 60 mm), sweetish to taste.
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Comments: Suspected/Possible
More information:
Weeds & Invasive Plants Home Page
NRCS Plants Database

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J.S. Peterson @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada.

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Thomas G. Barnes @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

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J.S. Peterson @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

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Rob Mackenzie, Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

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Rob Mackenzie, Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

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Rob Mackenzie, Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

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