Desert Botanical Garden Herbarium
Catalog #: DES00075894
Occurrence ID (GUID): c44436bb-3640-4d03-9f3e-6ee259114eb6
Taxon: Opuntia macrocentra Engelm.
Family: Cactaceae
Determiner: Wendy C. Hodgson
Collector: Carolyn Johnson      
Date: 1995-05-22
Additional Collectors: Kris Schloemer, Diane Steele
Locality: United States, Texas, Brewster, Grown in cultivation at Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, N 33 deg 27' 33'', W 111 deg 56' 35'', 1200 ft., 366 m: accession number 1995-0114-01-2; originally received as pads collected by Wendy C. Hodgson 9023, 7 April 1995 with Ted Anderson, Liz Slauson and Jackie Poole from Texas, Brewster County, Big Bend National Park along the road to Castalon at road mile marker 11 (R. Maxwell Scenic Drive); DES herbarium voucher DES00041800 from original collection. BBNP Permit BIBE 94-041, Texas State Permit SPR 0493-607; Orig. received as Opuntia violacea, syn. change per CITES Cac Checklist; collector's notes: Frequent low-growing prickly pear, 2-3 pads high, pads gray tinged with maroon-purple, spines blackish, flowers and buds numerous, perianth light yellow with red-maroon mid-stripes and bases, style creamy, stigma lobes reddish-brown with light yellow-cream apiculate outgrowths; habitat desert scrub: full sun; associated species-Fouquieria, Yucca treculeana, Larrea, Ephedra, Dasylirion leiophyllum, Prosopis glandulosa, Bouteloua sp.
29.183333  -103.375
Verbatim Coordinates: 29° 11' N 103° 22.5' W
Elevation: 1066 meters Verbatim Elevation: 3496ft
Description: Pads gray with purple tinting; spines dark reddish-brown almost black; flowers collected late morning, diameter 53-79 mm, length 80-101 mm, outer perianth lemon yellow with pink at base, inner perianth deep lemon yellow with red center; additional flowers collected in April 2012; stigma lobe number 5-6, yellow, white or pale yellow with rose at base; filaments pale green; fruit collected 3 November 2011; dry fruit magenta, diameter 10-12 mm, length 32-41 mm; fleshy fruit gray-green with magenta highlights, diameter 17-18 mm, length 42-55 mm; seeds tan.
Reproductive Condition: Flowers and fruit.
Notes: Cactus Voucher Project. This is sheet I/II and has the pads. Sheet II/II is DES00075895 and has the flowers and fruit.; Cultivated or Captive
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Record ID: c44436bb-3640-4d03-9f3e-6ee259114eb6
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