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Coastal Prickly Pear
Scientific Name: Opuntia stricta (Haw.) Haw.
Synonym: Opuntia inermis, Opuntia magnifica, Opuntia ochrocentra var. inermis, Opuntia vulgaris var. balearica, Opuntia vulgaris var. balaerica, Consolea bahamana, Opuntia bahamana, Opuntia airampo, Cactus strictus, Opuntia keyensis
Family: Cactaceae
Coastal Prickly Pear (Opuntia  stricta)
An antique photo, as Opuntia keyensis in Britton and Rose's The Cactaceae
Sun Exposure:

Origin: Southeastern USA, eastern Mexico, Cuba

Growth Habits: Prostrate bush, up to 3 feet tall (90 cm), oval joints, up to 6 inches long (15 cm)

Watering Needs:


The old name O. vulgaris var. balearica comes from the fact that very early on it naturalized in the Balearic Islands.

As Opuntia bahamana, in Britton and Rose's The Cactaceae

Flower, as Opuntia keyensis in Britton and Rose's The Cactaceae

Blooming Habits:
Red pear shaped fruit, 1.6 to 2.4 inches long (4 to 6 cm)

Fruiting Habits:

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