Opuntia monacantha (Willd.) Haw.

  • Family : CACTACEAE
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Cactaceae
  • Species : Opuntia monacantha
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Opuntia monacantha (Willd.) Haw.
  • Key identification features : An erect shrub, branching near base; joints flat, ovate to oblong. Spines 1 or 2, sometimes more at each point with sharp white tip. Flowers yellow, changing to rose-pink. Berry reddish-purple when ripe, fleshy.
  • Habit : Undershrub
  • Flower, Fruit : Throughout the Year
  • Native : South America
  • Comments : In plains to 1200 m in wastelands and near habitations. Mostly naturalized.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • World Distribution : Widely Naturalized in tropics
  • Literature : H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1995- Flora of Orissa Vol. 2; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (1). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Arun Singh R., Deepak Kumar, Raja K Swamy and Navendu Page (2016). Digital Flora of Eastern Ghats. http://easternghats.ces.iisc.ernet.in/plants.php?name=Opuntia monacantha. Downloaded on 9 August 2020.


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