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Opuntia
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Opuntia (Pricklypear)

Summary

  • Last modified
  • 14 July 2018
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Host Plant
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Opuntia
  • Preferred Common Name
  • Pricklypear
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Plantae
  •     Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •       Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •         Class: Dicotyledonae
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PictureTitleCaptionCopyright
Cylindropuntia rosea (rosea cactus); a young plant in southern France, where the species is considered invasive, but under control. Found after eradication measures in previous years. Celles/Lac du Salagou, France. June, 2012.
TitleYoung plant
CaptionCylindropuntia rosea (rosea cactus); a young plant in southern France, where the species is considered invasive, but under control. Found after eradication measures in previous years. Celles/Lac du Salagou, France. June, 2012.
Copyright©Uwe Starfinger-2012
Cylindropuntia rosea (rosea cactus); a young plant in southern France, where the species is considered invasive, but under control. Found after eradication measures in previous years. Celles/Lac du Salagou, France. June, 2012.
Young plantCylindropuntia rosea (rosea cactus); a young plant in southern France, where the species is considered invasive, but under control. Found after eradication measures in previous years. Celles/Lac du Salagou, France. June, 2012.©Uwe Starfinger-2012
Opuntia monacantha (common prickly pear); habit.
TitleHabit
CaptionOpuntia monacantha (common prickly pear); habit.
Copyright©Trevor James-2004/Hamilton; New Zealand.
Opuntia monacantha (common prickly pear); habit.
HabitOpuntia monacantha (common prickly pear); habit.©Trevor James-2004/Hamilton; New Zealand.
Opuntia engelmannii (cactus apple); habit. Big Bend National Park, Texas, USA.
TitleHabit
CaptionOpuntia engelmannii (cactus apple); habit. Big Bend National Park, Texas, USA.
Copyright©Joy Viola/Northeastern University/Bugwood.org - CC BY-NC 3.0 US
Opuntia engelmannii (cactus apple); habit. Big Bend National Park, Texas, USA.
HabitOpuntia engelmannii (cactus apple); habit. Big Bend National Park, Texas, USA.©Joy Viola/Northeastern University/Bugwood.org - CC BY-NC 3.0 US
Opuntia monacantha (common prickly pear); habit, showing a close view of cladodes and developing flowers.
TitleHabit
CaptionOpuntia monacantha (common prickly pear); habit, showing a close view of cladodes and developing flowers.
Copyright©Trevor James-2004/Hamilton, New Zealand.
Opuntia monacantha (common prickly pear); habit, showing a close view of cladodes and developing flowers.
HabitOpuntia monacantha (common prickly pear); habit, showing a close view of cladodes and developing flowers.©Trevor James-2004/Hamilton, New Zealand.
Opuntia engelmannii (cactus apple); flowering habit. Montana, USA.
TitleHabit
CaptionOpuntia engelmannii (cactus apple); flowering habit. Montana, USA.
Copyright©Joy Viola/Northeastern University/Bugwood.org - CC BY-NC 3.0 US
Opuntia engelmannii (cactus apple); flowering habit. Montana, USA.
HabitOpuntia engelmannii (cactus apple); flowering habit. Montana, USA.©Joy Viola/Northeastern University/Bugwood.org - CC BY-NC 3.0 US
Moneilema semipunctatum (cactus borer beetle); adult. Museum set specimen. Bautista Canyon, Riverside County, California, USA.
TitleAdult
CaptionMoneilema semipunctatum (cactus borer beetle); adult. Museum set specimen. Bautista Canyon, Riverside County, California, USA.
Copyright©Larry G. Bezark/New World Cerambycidae Catalog - https://apps2.cdfa.ca.gov/publicApps/plant/bycidDB/wdefault.asp
Moneilema semipunctatum (cactus borer beetle); adult. Museum set specimen. Bautista Canyon, Riverside County, California, USA.
AdultMoneilema semipunctatum (cactus borer beetle); adult. Museum set specimen. Bautista Canyon, Riverside County, California, USA.©Larry G. Bezark/New World Cerambycidae Catalog - https://apps2.cdfa.ca.gov/publicApps/plant/bycidDB/wdefault.asp
Opuntia monacantha (common prickly pear); close view of developing flowers.
TitleFlowers
CaptionOpuntia monacantha (common prickly pear); close view of developing flowers.
Copyright©Trevor James-2004/Hamilton; New Zealand.
Opuntia monacantha (common prickly pear); close view of developing flowers.
FlowersOpuntia monacantha (common prickly pear); close view of developing flowers.©Trevor James-2004/Hamilton; New Zealand.
Opuntia monacantha (common prickly pear); close-up of an open flower.
TitleFlower
CaptionOpuntia monacantha (common prickly pear); close-up of an open flower.
Copyright©Trevor James-2015/Hamilton; New Zealand.
Opuntia monacantha (common prickly pear); close-up of an open flower.
FlowerOpuntia monacantha (common prickly pear); close-up of an open flower.©Trevor James-2015/Hamilton; New Zealand.
Opuntia monacantha (common prickly pear); habit, showing developing fruits on cladodes.
TitleFruits
CaptionOpuntia monacantha (common prickly pear); habit, showing developing fruits on cladodes.
Copyright©Trevor James-2009/Hamilton, New Zealand.
Opuntia monacantha (common prickly pear); habit, showing developing fruits on cladodes.
FruitsOpuntia monacantha (common prickly pear); habit, showing developing fruits on cladodes.©Trevor James-2009/Hamilton, New Zealand.
Opuntia monacantha (common prickly pear); close-up of fruits on cladodes.
TitleFruits
CaptionOpuntia monacantha (common prickly pear); close-up of fruits on cladodes.
Copyright©Trevor James-2009/Hamilton, New Zealand.
Opuntia monacantha (common prickly pear); close-up of fruits on cladodes.
FruitsOpuntia monacantha (common prickly pear); close-up of fruits on cladodes.©Trevor James-2009/Hamilton, New Zealand.
Opuntia monacantha (common prickly pear); habit of a young plant.
TitleYoung plant
CaptionOpuntia monacantha (common prickly pear); habit of a young plant.
Copyright©Trevor James-2015/Hamilton; New Zealand.
Opuntia monacantha (common prickly pear); habit of a young plant.
Young plantOpuntia monacantha (common prickly pear); habit of a young plant.©Trevor James-2015/Hamilton; New Zealand.

Identity

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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Opuntia Mill.

Preferred Common Name

  • Pricklypear

Local Common Names

  • Germany: Feigenkaktus; Opuntie

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Plantae
  •         Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •             Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •                 Class: Dicotyledonae
  •                     Order: Caryophyllales
  •                         Family: Cactaceae
  •                             Genus: Opuntia