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SOLVED: Cactus

Willis, TX(Zone 8b)

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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Mexico, Mexico

Opuntia or something close

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Opuntia cochenillifera (syn. Nopalea cochenillifera)

Resin

Willis, TX(Zone 8b)

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

Patti

Montego Bay, Jamaica

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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Acton, CA(Zone 8b)

have a closer shot?

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Quote from sweet_destiny_2 :
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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