5417.000 Opuntia Mill.

Description of the genus

Succulent shrubs or trees. Stems either composed of flattened joints or terete; branches tuberculate. Areoles with up to 30 spines; glochidia present. Leaves 0 or inconspicuous, caducous. Flowers solitary. Fruit purple, red or yellow.

Worldwide: 200 species, N and S America

Zimbabwe: 2 taxa.

Opuntia ficus-indica

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SpeciesLinks to mapsFZ divisionsContent
ficus-indica (L.) Mill.C,SDescription, Image
fulgida Engelm.W,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Opuntia:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Opuntia
Flora of Mozambique: Opuntia
Flora of Zambia: Opuntia

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Opuntia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Opuntia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Opuntia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Opuntia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Opuntia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Opuntia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=993, retrieved 30 August 2014

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