Opuntia sp. sensu I.Telford (1984) APNI*
Synonyms: Opuntia tenuispina sensu G.J.Harden (1990) non Engelm. APNI*
Opuntia puberula auct. non Pfeiff. APNI*
Description: Erect to spreading bushy shrub to about 1.5 m high. Segments elliptic to obovate, compressed, 10–25 cm long, 5–10 cm wide, light to mid green, minutely papillate. Areoles relatively close, 5 or 6 in a diagonal line across the segment; areoles filled with brown woolly hairs; glochids yellow to yellowish brown, mostly restricted to upper end of areoles; spines often absent from lower half of segments, upper areoles with 1–3 spines 5–15 mm long, white to brownish, mostly reflexed.
Flowers 5–9 cm diam., yellow fading to orange.
Fruit oblong, often proliferating, sterile (?).
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread but sporadic. Country of origin unknown.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *CWS, *NWP, *SWP, *NFWP
Other Australian states: *Vic. *S.A.
Declared Noxious Weed
Text by G. J. Harden; W. Cherry (2006)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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