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Plant Identification: SOLVED: Cactus

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P_Edens
Missouri City, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 4, 2013
5:18 AM

Post #9407747

This was photographed at Estero Llano Grande State Park in South Texas.
The plant was huge - over 10 feet tall and probably 15 feet across. There may have been more than one plant in there. I couldn't tell as it was very dense at the base.

The Cactus ID key I followed called it a spineless prickley pear cactus, but I can't find any that have flowers like the ones on the plant.

Any help to ID is much appreciated.

Patti

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Guzmania2010
Mexico
Mexico

February 4, 2013
6:40 AM

Post #9407884

Opuntia or something close

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 4, 2013
7:36 AM

Post #9407946

Opuntia cochenillifera (syn. Nopalea cochenillifera)

Resin
P_Edens
Missouri City, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 4, 2013
7:44 AM

Post #9407955

Guzmania2010 and Resin,
Thanks for the quick ID! That's it!

Patti
sweet_destiny_2
Montego Bay
Jamaica

February 4, 2013
11:39 AM

Post #9408222

hey everyone . i would like to know the name of this cactus, and if it is edible. I know the Opuntia Prickly pear can be eaten, i've never had it, but i know its a delicacy among the native americans. It would be great if you could help me out. When this particular cactus is cut, it has a white sap that runs from it. Thanks guys.
P.S. The two Cacti are the same plant.

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palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


February 4, 2013
4:23 PM

Post #9408547

have a closer shot?

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 4, 2013
5:07 PM

Post #9408611

sweet_destiny_2 wrote:When this particular cactus is cut, it has a white sap that runs from it.


Sounds like a Euphorbia (which is a succulent, not a cactus) - poisonous, very definitely not edible. That white sap can give nasty skin burns.

Resin

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