Opuntia polyacantha var. arenaria
A rare plant found at low elevations in the vicinity of the Rio Grande Valley near Las
Cruces and sporadically northward. This taxon is recognized either as a distinct species or
at the varietal level within O. polyacantha, depending on the treatment. As the
name suggests, it grows in sandy habitats.
Plant habit near Black Mountain, 24 Jul 2007.
Stem segments & fruits near Black Mountain, 24 Jul 2007.
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