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Opuntia tuna (L.) Miller
Elephantear pricklypear

Family: Cactaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Shrub

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Perhaps only native to Jamaica.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Not Native, Cultivated Only

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

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Opuntia tuna has been found in the following 3 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Highlands Scrub Natural Area Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Miramar Pineland Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Tall Cypress Natural Area Present Not Native, Cultivated Only