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Opuntia polyacantha Haw.


Plant Description:

  • Low-growing, large and flattened cacti that bear reddish scale leaves that fall off early; grow in large groups
  • Scarlet mallow may grow nearby as both grow in overgrazed and disturbed sites
  • Long spines with tufted bristles
  • Noticeable yellow to pinky-orange flowers
  • Found at Stop 2

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-Sourced from Budd's Flora of the Canadian Prairie Provinces, 1979 and
Plants of the Western Boreal Forest & Aspen Parkland, 1995.
Refer to references for full publication details.

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