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Taxon: Opuntia humifusa (Raf.) Raf.

Genus: Opuntia
Family: Cactaceae subfamily: Opuntioideae tribe: Opuntieae
Nomen number: 413803
Place of publication: Med. fl. 2:247. 1830
Name verified on: 10-Jun-1999 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 29-Aug-2003
No species priority site assigned.
Accessions: 5 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.


Species on the following lists:

Common names:

  • creeping prickly-pear   (Source: Weeds SAfr 2001 ) – English
  • creeping-pear   (Source: F NSWales ) – English
  • eastern prickly-pear   (Source: F Tex [as O. compressa]) – English
  • large-flower prickly-pear   (Source: Weeds SAfr 2001 ) – English
  • low prickly-pear   (Source: Cact Fam ) – English
  • smooth prickly-pear   (Source: Cact Fam ) – English
  • krypopuntia   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

      Native: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
  • NORTHERN AMERICA (Check conservation status in U.S. & Canada in NatureServe Explorer database)
    Eastern Canada: Canada - Ontario [Pt. Pelee & Pelee Island]
    Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia
    North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Illinois, Iowa [e.], Kansas [e.], Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma [e.], South Dakota, Wisconsin
    Northwestern U.S.A.: United States - Montana
    Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
    South-Central U.S.A.: United States - Texas

    Southern Africa: South Africa
    Australia: Australia - New South Wales




Check other web resources for Opuntia humifusa (Raf.) Raf.:


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (09 October 2015)

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