Opuntia dejecta Salm Dyck 1834

NOPAL CHAMACUERO, SPINY NOPAL

Nopalea dejecta (Salm-Dyck) Salm-Dyck 1850

Plants short treelike with straggling and pendent branches, 1-2 m (3.3-6.6 ft) high with distinct trunks. Stem segments narrow, lance shaped, green to gray-green, 15-20 cm (5.97.9 in) long, 5-8 cm (2-3.1 in) wide, fairly thick. Glochids whitish. Spines usually 2, spreading somewhat, yellow or pinkish, becoming gray with age, to 4 cm (1.6 in) long. Flowers dark red, to 5 cm (2 in) long; stamens exserted. Fruits globose, smooth, deep red, with many areoles. Distribution: originally reported as Cuba but most likely native to tropical Central America.

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