Opuntia Strigil Engelmann 1857

Plants shrubby, low growing, sprawling but sometimes with somewhat erect branches, to 1 m (3.3 ft) high. Stem segments round to obovate, green, slightly glaucous, 10-12.5 cm (3.9-4.9 in) long, 8.5-10 cm (3.3-3.9 in) wide, to 1.2 cm (0.5 in) thick. Areoles prominent, fairly close set. Glochids numerous, reddish tan, to 6 mm (0.2 in) long. Spines 1-8, bristly, spreading, red to reddish brown, with light-colored tips, straight or slightly curving, flattened against the stem surface or directed downward, to 1.2-4 cm (0.5-1.6 in) long. Flowers pale lemon yellow with reddish bases, 6-7 cm (2.42.8 in) long and in diameter. Fruits somewhat globose, red, fleshy, to 1.2-1.9 cm (0.5-0.7 in) in diameter. Distribution: west and south Texas, and neighboring Coahuila and Tam-aulipas, Mexico.

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