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Opuntia macrorhiza Engelm. var. macrorhiza
twistspine pricklypear

General Information
Symbol: OPMAM3
Group: Dicot
Family: Cactaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Shrub
Native Status: L48   N
Data Source and Documentation
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Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Navassa Island NAV    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM    North America NA   


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Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 2: 572. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society. Scanned by Omnitek Inc. Usage Requirements.



Symbol Scientific Name
OPCOG Opuntia compressa J.F. Macbr. var. grandiflora (Engelm.) D. Weniger, nom. nud.
OPCOM2 Opuntia compressa J.F. Macbr. var. macrorhiza (Engelm.) L.D. Benson
OPCOS Opuntia compressa J.F. Macbr. var. stenochila (Engelm.) D. Weniger, nom. nud.
OPGR3 Opuntia grandiflora Engelm.
OPLE3 Opuntia leptocarpa MacKensen
OPMA7 Opuntia mackensenii Rose
OPPL2 Opuntia plumbea Rose
OPSP5 Opuntia sphaerocarpa Engelm. & J.M. Bigelow
OPTE3 Opuntia tenuispina Engelm. & J.M. Bigelow
OPTO3 Opuntia tortispina Engelm. & J.M. Bigelow


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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Caryophyllidae
Order Caryophyllales
Family Cactaceae – Cactus family
Genus Opuntia Mill. – pricklypear
Species Opuntia macrorhiza Engelm. – twistspine pricklypear
Variety Opuntia macrorhiza Engelm. var. macrorhiza – twistspine pricklypear

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Threatened and Endangered Information:
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete protected plant list for that location.
plains prickly pear
Salvage restricted
bigroot pricklypear



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