• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Cacti / Desert Succulents

Family Name Common Name Scientific Name
Cactaceae Missouri pincushion Coryphantha missouriensis (Sweet) Britt & Rose
Pincushion cactus Coryphantha vivipara (Nutt.) Britt. & Rose
Nylon hedgehog cactus

Echinocereus viridiflorus Engelm.

Eastern prickly pear Opuntia humifusa (Raf.) Raf.
Plains prickly pear Opuntia polyacantha
Bigroot pricklypear Opuntia macrorhiza


Did You Know?

Natural Entrance of Wind Cave

Winds caused by changes in barometric pressure are what give Wind Cave its name. These winds have been measured at the cave's walk-in entrance at over 70 mph. The winds at the natural entrance of the cave attracted the attention of Native Americans and early settlers.