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Item ID: 38
Family: Cactaceae
Genus: Opuntia
Species: engelmannii
Common Name: Engelmann's Prickly Pear, Flaming Prickly Pear, Tuna, Yellow Spined Prickly Pear
Habitat: This species may be found from 200 to 4,500 feet elevation in a variety of soil types. The habitat around Tucson for this species is well known to many and it is certainly not overly selective.
Range: This species is found in many areas of the United States, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. It occurs in many states south of the border into Mexico extending as far south as San Louis Potosi.
Care: This Opuntia like many others is a trouble free plant to maintain. It is extremely drought tolerant, cold hardy and a fast grower. Extra water during the dry summer months is encouraged but seldom needed. It is easily attacked by the cactus beetle, and can be infested by Cochineal insects that can eventually kill or damage the stems. Extra care should be given to avoid those predators.
Propagation: By seed or stem cuttings.
Size: This plant can reach around 10 feet in height and 10 or more feet in width.
Shape: Padded/Jointed
Flowers: Flowers on this species are typically pure yellow, large and very showy. Sometimes variations of the flower color can occur which is not rare.
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Photo Courtesy of Kevin Barber 2003

Description
There are currently 6 different varieties of O. engelmannii recognized. Each has its own characteristics and distinctions.

Author Comments
In time the plant can get far larger than most gardens have space allowed. If you need to fill a large area with an intruder protective plant this one would easily be a top choice. The fruit is a big favorite among the bird population during August. This has also proven to be a great way for this species to continue with an extensive population and keep those seed on the move.

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Item ID: 39
Family: Cactaceae
Genus: Opuntia
Species: engelmannii var. linguiformis
Common Name: Cow's Tongue Cactus, Cow Tongue Prickly Pear, Lengua de vaca
Habitat: The original habitat of this Opuntia is the low mesquite forested range land of south Texas just northeast of San Antonio at around 500 feet elevation.
Range: This particular Opuntia was found native to a limited area in Bexar County, Texas. First described by Griffiths in 1908. The location was documented by Del Weniger as being just south of the town of China Grove and Sayers, Texas. This particular Opuntia has been widely accepted and now grows in many areas outside the original range.
Care: Because of this plants great ability to adapt to the surroundings it should be noted that cultivation is not a concern. This cactus can grow into a nice size plant in only a few years. It requires little supplemental water but a little added water should keep it looking good and healthy. Some plants require pruning of the stems in order to keep it from spreading into other areas of the garden.
Propagation: This cactus is easily propagated by stem cuttings or by seed.
Size: Plants can reach 6 feet in height and up to 8 feet wide.
Shape: Padded/Jointed
Flowers: This Opuntia has flowers that are 2 inches wide and yellow in color.
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Photo Courtesy of Vonn Watkins 2003

Description
It is easy to see where this Opuntia got its' name. The stems have been found to grow to almost 2 feet in length and are armed with the typical yellow spines of the engelmannii species. The real "Cow Tongue" look distinguishes this plant from all other Opuntias.

Author Comments
This plant is a sprawling species and tends to spread quickly if not pruned and attended. If you have the space it will spread.

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Item ID: 18
Family: Cactaceae
Genus: Opuntia
Species: engelmannii var. lindheimeri
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Shape: Padded/Jointed
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