Opuntia decumbens Salm Dyck 1834

ARPON, LENGUA DE VACA, NOPAL DE CULEBRA, NOPAL DE TORTUGA

Plants shrubby, branches creeping along the ground with tips raised, 20-50 cm (7.9-20 in) high. Stem segments obovate, elliptical, or widely ovate, generally prostrate, green with purple tint, softly pubescent, 7-18 cm (2.8-7.1 in) long, 5-10 cm (2-3.9 in) wide. Glochids abundant, yellow, 2-5 mm long. Spines 1-3, sometimes absent, needle-like, erect, rigid, yellow to gray, 0.5-7 cm (0.2-2.8 in) long. Flowers yellow with reddish tint, 4.5-5 cm (1.8-2 in) long. Fruits pear shaped, reddish purple, pubescent, 2.5-4 cm (1-1.6 in) long, 1.8-3 cm (0.7-1.2 in) in diameter. Distribution: southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.

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