Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Opuntia fragilis (Nutt.) Haw. image
Photographer: Derek Anderson           

Charles R. Bomar

Charles R. Bomar

Derek Anderson

Hugh H. Iltis
Family Cactaceae
Opuntia fragilis (Nutt.) Haw.
brittle prickly-pear, fragile prickly-pear, little prickly-pear
Opuntia: Greek name used by Pliny for a different plant which grew around the town of Opus in Greece
fragilis: brittle
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Status: Threatened
Plant: prostrate/spreading, perennial, spiny shrub forming dense mats up to 20" wide; stems branched, the joints not very flat, somewhat swollen and easy to detach
Flower: yellow to greenish, 7 or more-parted, 1 1/2"-2" wide; blooms May-July
Fruit:fleshy, wingless, greenish to red when fresh, drying to tan, inedible, seeds disc-like with irregular edges
Leaf:usually more than 2 spines together
Habitat: dry; prairies
(Glossary)

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Synonyms 
Cactus fragilis Nutt.
Opuntia brachyarthra Engelm. & J.M.Bigelow
Opuntia fragilis (Nutt.) Haw. var. brachyarthra (Engelm. & J.M.Bigelow) J.M.Coult.
Opuntia fragilis (Nutt.) Haw. var. denudata Wiegand & Backeb.
Opuntia fragilis (Nutt.) Haw. var. fragilis
Opuntia schweriniana K.Schum.

         
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