Plants treelike, to 9 m (30 ft) high with distinct trunks to 30 cm (12 in) in diameter. Stem segments ovate to elongate obovate, pale green, 13-22 cm (5.1-8.7 in) long, to 7 cm (2.8 in) wide. Spines about 12, unequal, thin, slightly flattened, spreading, reddish brown, 2-2.5 cm (0.8-1 in) long. Flowers and fruits undescribed. Distribution: Honduras.
Plants shrubby, much branched, prostrate and straggling. Stem segments oval, green to coppery green, glaucous, shiny, to 10 cm (3.9 in) wide. Areoles round, brown. Spines stiff, whitish with dark tips, to 2.5 cm (1 in) long. Flowers pale yellow. Fruits red. Distribution: probably Mexico though Bravo-Hollis (1978) does not include it; Borg (1937,79) reported it from Jamaica. Opuntia howeyi is poorly known.
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