Plant ID forum: cactus ID please

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NW IL zone 5
dubiousjay
Mar 8, 2018 10:32 AM CST

I was gifted this cactus, the previous owner didn't know the name and only said it didn't need a dormant period and could tolerate a bit more water than most cacti. I tried using plant snap to ID, it didn't work so I submitted it to their "botanist" and day or so later got False xmas cactus as an answer, its doesnt look like false xmas cactus if you search on google.

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 8, 2018 12:33 PM CST
It an Opuntia - a prickly pear. There are some tree forms
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porkpal
Mar 8, 2018 1:03 PM CST
I was going to call it a long-legged prickly pear.
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plantladylin
Mar 8, 2018 1:15 PM CST
I agree, it appears to be a variety of Prickly Pears (Opuntia)

Two that I'm aware of that can get tall:
Indian Fig (Opuntia ficus-indica)
Brazilian Prickly Pear (Brasiliopuntia brasiliensis)
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 8, 2018 3:12 PM CST
I kind of like "long legged prickly pear" Smiling
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Baja_Costero
Mar 8, 2018 9:43 PM CST
Maybe one that needs to work out more? Smiling I'm not sure why some prickly pears grow actual stems and a trunk, which can be distinguished from the pads. As opposed to pads on top of pads as the garden variety usually grows. It seems like this feature should be helpful in resolving the ID (there are South American Opuntias that become proper trees) but my knowledge of the subject pretty much ends there.
NW IL zone 5
dubiousjay
Mar 9, 2018 7:20 PM CST
thank you!!

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