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Opuntia mesacantha Raf. subsp. lata
(Small) Majure

Opuntia mesacantha
Copyright by: Robert L. Line

Family: Cactaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Shrub

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Southeastern United States south to South Florida

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

South Florida History and Distribution: Some populations of this are listed Opuntia austrina. We are currently reviewing and redetermining these specimens.

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

Other data on Opuntia mesacantha subsp. lata available from :

Opuntia mesacantha subsp. lata has been found in the following 4 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Atlantic Dunes Park Present Native
Delray Beach Municipal Beach Present Native
Red Reef Park, including Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Present Native, presumed Extirpated, now Cultivated Only
South Beach Park Present Native

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Opuntia mesacantha
Copyright by: Robert L. Line