Opuntia spinulifera Salm-Dyck
  • Hort. Dyck.


This taxon is accepted by Cactaceae
Notes: More details could be found in The Plant List v.1.1. Originally in The Plant List v.1.0

Morphology

Much-branched, forming large dense clumps up to 3 m tall (not arborescent). Joints flattened, orbicular, 20-40 cm in diam., glaucous-green, densely beset with areoles in a regular sub-spiral arrangment, areoles small, c. 4 mm in diam., sunken, with numerous glochidia and 3-6 spines of varying lengths mostly pointing downwards, the longest c. 2 cm long, the marginal spine clusters more strongly developed. Flowers with a cup-shaped hypanthium, 2.5 cm long wide, profusely covered by areoles containing bristles around the mouth; petaloid segments yellow, up to 4 cm long. Fruit not seen.

Distribution

Recorded as a pest in the eastern Cape and Natal. Also reported as a pest in Australia. Originally from Mexico.

  Bibliography

  • 1 Hort. Dyck.
  • 2 Obermeyer, AA. 1976. Cactaceae. Fl. S. Africa. 22. BRI, Dept. Agric. & Tech. Services. Pretoria. 144 - 156.

 Information From

Cactaceae
World Flora Online Data. 2017.
  • A CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).
e-Flora of South Africa
http://ipt.sanbi.org.za/iptsanbi/resource?r=flora_descriptions
e-Flora of South Africa. v1.21. 2018. South African National Biodiversity Institute. http://ipt.sanbi.org.za/iptsanbi/resource?r=flora_descriptions&v=1.21
  • B South African National Biodiversity Institute
World Flora Online consortium
http://www.worldfloraonline.org/organisation/WFO
World Flora Online Data. 2018.
  • C CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).