Opuntia cespitosa –
Eastern Prickly Pear –
31 May 2019

The Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia cespitosa) is in full bloom on the Patuxent Research Refuge today by Lake Allen on the North Tract. This species differs from the other two species of Opuntia found in Maryland by the reddish area at the base of the petals, and smooth spines found mainly on the margins of the pads.

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