Opuntia bahamana sp nov

Branched from near the base, bushy, about 1.5 m. high;

joints oblong to lanceolate, flat, and thin, 1 to 5 dm. long, 4 to 10 cm. wide, dull green, obtuse, scarcely undulate; leaves red, subulate, 3 cm. long; areoles 1.5 to 3 cm. apart, scarcely elevated, about 2 mm. in diameter, spineless, or bearing 1 to 4 acicular yellow spines 2 cm. long or less when young; glochids few and short; flower about 6 cm. broad; petals ob-ovate, rose-tinted below, yellowish rose above; sepals dark rose, whitish margined.

Distribution: Rocky slopes, The Bright, Cat Island, Bahamas, collected by N. L. Britton and C. F. Millspaugh, March 1907, No. 5794.

This plant was tentatively referred by us (Smiths. Misc. Coll. 50: 525. 1908) to Opuntia lanceolata Haworth. It has been grown under glass at New York ever since, but does not respond well to greenhouse conditions.

It is here included in the series Spinosissimae, but with hesitation, its bushy habit and larger flowers being anomalous in this group.

Figure 254 represents a joint of the type specimen above cited; figure 255 is copied from a sketch of a flower made by Dr. Millspaugh on Cat Island, when the plant was discovered.

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