Eastern Prickly-pear (Opuntia cespitosa)

Photo of cactus flower

Flowering prickly-pear. Cactaceae family.

Native. Only two Opuntia species occur in New York. Opuntia cespitosa is distinguished from more common Opuntia humifusa by red-orange inner tepals and spines. Rare and VULNERABLE in New York. Napeague, Long Island, June 2020.