Opuntia engelmannii Salm-Dyck ex Engelm.

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Only the type variety is known from Victoria. See description under Opuntia engelmannii var. engelmannii.

Opuntia engelmannii is a very polymorphic species with many described varieties. Additionally, it also hybridises with O. stricta, O. phaeacantha Engelm. and O. littoralis (Engelm.) Cockerell in the USA (Pinkava 2003), thus blurring the species boundaries.  O. e. var. linguiformis Griffiths) B. D. Parfitt & Pinkava  is naturalised in South Australia, and there are reports from Victoria, but there are no specimens to substantiate the presence of the taxon in Victoria. This variety is distinguished by its more elongate cladodes (45–120 cm long, 10–17 cm wide).

Source: Stajsic, V.; Carr, G. W. (1996). Cactaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Opuntia lindheimeri Engelm.).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-12-20
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kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
family Cactaceae
genus Opuntia
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