Opuntia amyclaea Tenore Fl Neap Prodr App 5 15 1826

Opuntia ficus-indica amyclaea Berger, Hort. Mortol. 411. 1912.

Erect; joints oblong to elliptic, 3 to 4 dm. long, about twice as long as broad, thick, dull green, a little glaucous; leaves mm. long, acute, red; areoles small, with 1 or 2 short bristles from the lower parts of areoles; spines 1 to 4, stiff, nearly porrect, usually less than 3 cm. long, white or horn-colored, the stoutest angled; glochids brown, soon disappearing; flowers yellow; fruit yellowish red, not very juicy.

Type locality: Described from specimens grown in Italy.

Distribution: Doubtless Mexico, but not known in the wild state.

Our description is based on the original description and a specimen collected by A. Berger near Palermo, where it is grown as a hedge plant. Berger's plant suggests very much O. streptacantha, but is not quite so spiny; it does not suggest very much O. ficus-indica, where Berger has placed it. Our description of the spines is taken from Berger's plant, while the original description states that the spines are 3 to 8, stout, spreading, unequal, white, the longest 35 mm. long.

O. alfagayucca (Salm-Dyck, Cact. Hort. Dyck. 1849. 68. 1850) and O. alfayucca (Rümpler in Förster, Handb. Cact. ed. 2. 938. 1885) were given as synonyms of O. amyclaea.

Fig. 226.—Opuntia megacantha.

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