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Opuntia engelmannii Salm-Dyck
USDA Symbol: OPEN3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The species of this plant is named for George Engelmann (1809-1884) who was born in Germany and settled in St. Louis, Missouri, as a young man. He was a physician and botanist, describing especially North American Abies (Firs), Agaves, Cactus (for which he described more than 108 species), Cuscuta (Dodder), Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family), Juncus (Rushes), Juniperus (“Cedar”), Pinus (Pines), Vitis (Grapes), and Yuccas. When he died much of his collection went to Missouri Botanical Garden.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Cactus/Succulent Size Notes:
Up tp 4ft 9in high; joints are broadly oval,
8in-1ft long. Flower:
Flowers up to about 2 inches diameter.
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Diurnal
AZ , CA , LA , MO , MS , NM , NV , OK , TX , UT Native Distribution:
Widespread in Mexico and southern US states. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Heat Tolerant: yes
Conditions Comments: Minimum temperature 50F
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August 05, 2009
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Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-200
Collected 2007-11-21 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2008-08-27
Research By: TWC Staff