Opuntia engelmannii Salm-Dyck ex Engelm.
Engelmann Prickly Pear, Cactus Apple
|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Magnoliophyta||Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms|
|Class||Magnoliopsida||Dicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves|
|Subclass||Caryophyllidae||Cacti, many other succulents, carnivorous plants, and leadworts|
|Order||Caryophyllales||Includes cacti, carnations, amaranths, ice plants, and many carnivorous plants|
|Family||Cactaceae||Succulent (water-storing) plants, often spiny|
|Species||engelmannii||After Georg(e) Engelmann (1809-1884), a German-born St. Louis physician and botanist, and prolific author on cacti, North American conifers and oaks|
About plant names...
Engelmann’s prickly pear is native to North American deserts, at elevations between 1000-4500' (304-1371 m).
Identification: 3-10' (91-304 cm) high, in clumps up to 15' (4.6 m) wide. Thick
pads are oval or rounded. Flowers are yellow to red. Fruit is barrel-shaped, with very short spines
or no spines. Spines are chalky white, sometimes yellow. I couldn’t find any significant differences
between this species and the variety called Tuna Cactus. See this Opuntia comparison table.
Opuntia engelmannii at George and Audrey DeLange's Arizona wildflower site
Opuntia engelmannii on cals.arizona.edu
Opuntia engelmannii on Wikipedia
Opuntia engelmannii at Southeastern Arizona Wildflowers and the Plants of the Sonoran Desert
Opuntia engelmannii on CalPhotos
Opuntia engelmannii at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Opuntia engelmannii on www.saguaro-juniper.com
Opuntia engelmannii on eFloras
Bowers, Nora and Rick; Tekiela, Stan, Cactus of Arizona Field Guide, Adventure Publications Inc., 2008, p. 151
5/24/2009 · Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ
≈ 5 × 5" (12 × 13 cm)
2/26/2010 · Torrey Pines State Park, La Jolla, CA
≈ 12 × 8" (29 × 19 cm) ID is uncertain
Opuntia engelmannii description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 2 Jan 2019.
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2/27/1998 · Antigua ID is uncertain
Closed due to Killer Bees · 5/25/2009 · Tonto National Monument, AZ
≈ 4 × 2½" (11 × 7.3 cm) ID is uncertain
2/24/2010 · Batiquitos Lagoon, Carlsbad, CA
≈ 10 × 15" (24 × 37 cm) ID is uncertain
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