Plant ID forum: Prickly pear

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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Nov 26, 2014 9:27 AM CST

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I photographed this awesome opuntia at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Does anyone know which species it is? I'd like to add it to the database.



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KentPfeiffer
Nov 26, 2014 10:16 AM CST

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I think it is Prickly Pear (Nopalea cochenillifera) , but this is way outside my area so take that for what it's worth. Smiling
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Nov 26, 2014 10:31 AM CST

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I think you're right. I just read a number of pages about Nopalea cochenillifera and it fits perfectly. Thank you!
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Nov 26, 2014 11:37 AM CST
How old would that plant be?
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Nov 26, 2014 11:39 AM CST

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They probably planted it when they built the park which was in 1998. I'd guess it was already a good size when they planted it.

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