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Arizona State University Vascular Plant Herbarium
Catalog #: ASU0058385
Secondary Catalog #: 228164
Taxon: Opuntia phaeacantha Engelm.
Family: Cactaceae
Collector: R. Puente   606   
Date: 1998-08-29
Additional Collectors: A. & G. Reinhardt
Locality: USA, Texas, Culberson, 4 mi E of Plateau, 1 mi N of I-10.
30.972  -104.4385
Verbatim Coordinates: 30d 58.32m N, 104d 26.31m W
Habitat: Desert shrubland. Desert flats with aluvial soil on limestone rock.
Associated Species: Larrea tridentata, Flourensia cernua, Mimosa biuncifera, Dasylirion acrotriche, Prosopis glandulosa, Yucca baccata, Opuntia phaeacantha, O. leptocaulis, Zinnia acerosa
Description: Sprawling shrub, to 0.40 x 0.80 m; stems segments circular to obovate, 10 x 12 x 1 cm; paristachies 6; areoles eliptic, 2.5 x 5 mm; whool gray aging black; glochids redish forming a brush in upper portion of areole, 4 to 8 mm; spines in upper half of stem 0-2(4); subulate, redish brown or white, erect to apressed. Fruits fleshy, obpiriform, light red when ripe to 4 x 3 cm; mesocarp light red, juicy; seeds circular angulated, to 6 cm in diameter, arile thick, 1.5 mm, tan.
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Record Id: 4b5bc959-c9f3-453f-95b3-74aa8e5559a2
Occurrence ID (GUID): 4b5bc959-c9f3-453f-95b3-74aa8e5559a2
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