Opuntia anahuacensis

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Opuntia anahuacensis
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae
Genus: Opuntia
O. anahuacensis
Binomial name
Opuntia anahuacensis

Opuntia anahuacensis is a cactus species in the genus Opuntia of the family Opuntioideae. It grows along the Gulf Coast of Texas, and perhaps northern Mexico.[1] The plants are short, perhaps 1- or 2-ft tall, but they are wide. Some thickets may be 20- to 40-ft across and composed of multiple plants. The fruit is purplish. The cladodes are uniquely shaped, obovate with a neck. The original description claimed the plants were yellowish green, but they may be green or rarely blue-green.[2]

As with any largish Opuntia in the USA, O. anahuacensis has been mistaken for other species. It is commonly misidentified as O. lindheimeri and less commonly as O. bentonii.


  1. ^ Shaw, Joseph. "Opuntia anahuacenis". Opuntia Web. Joseph Shaw. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  2. ^ Griffiths, David (1916). "New Species of Opuntia" (PDF). Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club. 43: 92. Retrieved 24 June 2017.

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