Opuntia repens

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Opuntia repens
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Opuntia repens segments and flowers.
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae
Genus: Opuntia
O. repens
Binomial name
Opuntia repens

Opuntia repens, the roving pricklypear,[1] is a species of cactus that is native to dry forests Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. It is a small shrub, growing up to 50 cm (20 in) tall, with yellow flowers and red fruit.[2] Like its cousins, "jumping cholla" Opuntias of the Mojave, Sonoran, and Colorado deserts, it propagates by a segment dislodging after spines are caught in a large mammal's fur, whereby the segment is transported to another location.[citation needed] This is in addition to propagation by seed.


  1. ^ "Opuntia repens". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  2. ^ Acevedo-Rodríguez, Pedro (1996). Flora of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Memoirs of The New York Botanical Garden. 78. Bronx, New York: The New York Botanical Garden. ISBN 0-89327-402-X.