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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Ordo: Caryophyllales

Familia: Cactaceae
Subfamilia: Opuntioideae
Tribus: Opuntieae
Genus: Opuntia
Series: O. ser. Nopalea
Species: Opuntia repens

Opuntia repens Bello, Anales Soc. Esp. Hist. Nat. 10: 277. 1881.


Opuntia repens Karw. ex Salm-Dyck = Opuntia decumbens Salm-Dyck


Opuntia borinquensis Britton & Rose, Cactaceae 1: 103. 1919 syn. sec. Majure 2021

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Southern America
Regional: Caribbean
Haiti, Leeward Is., Puerto Rico

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Primary references

Bello y Espinosa, D. (1881) Anales de la Sociedad Espanola de Historia Natural 10: 227.

Additional references

Korotkova, N., Aquino, D., Arias, S., Eggli, U., Franck, A. , Gómez-Hinostrosa, C., Guerrero, P.C., Hernández, H.M., Kohlbecker, A., Köhler, M., Luther, K., Majure, L.C., Müller, A., Metzing, D., Nyffeler, R., Sánchez, D., Schlumpberger, B. & Berendsohn, W.G. 2021. Cactaceae at Caryophyllales. org–a dynamic online species-level taxonomic backbone for the family. Willdenowia 51(2): 251–270. DOI: 10.3372/wi.51.51208 Open access Reference page.


Korotkova, N. et al. 2022. Opuntia repens in Cactaceae at A global synthesis of species diversity in the angiosperm order Caryophyllales. Published online. Accessed: 2022 Jan 16. Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2022. Opuntia repens in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2022 Jan 16. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2022. Opuntia repens. Published online. Accessed: Jan 16 2022. 2022. Opuntia repens. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 16 Jan 2022.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Opuntia repens in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 08-Apr-12.

Vernacular names
English: roving pricklypear, Roving Pricklypear

Opuntia repens, the roving pricklypear,[2] is a species of cactus that is native to dry forests Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. It is a small shrub, growing up to 50 cm (20 in) tall, with yellow flowers and red fruit.[3] Like its cousins, "jumping cholla" Opuntias of the Mojave, Sonoran, and Colorado deserts, it propagates by a segment dislodging after spines are caught in a large mammal's fur, whereby the segment is transported to another location. This is in addition to propagation by seed.

Majure, L. & Griffith, P. 2017. Opuntia repens (amended version of 2013 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T151835A121569557. Downloaded on 16 September 2021.
USDA, NRCS (n.d.). "Opuntia repens". The PLANTS Database ( Greensboro, North Carolina: National Plant Data Team. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
Acevedo-Rodríguez, Pedro (1996). Flora of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Memoirs of The New York Botanical Garden. Vol. 78. Bronx, New York: The New York Botanical Garden. ISBN 0-89327-402-X.

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