Opuntia elatior v Miller 1768

Cactus elatior{ P. Miller) Willdenow 1814

Opuntia bergeriana F. A. C. Weber ex A. Berger 1904

Plants shrubby, forming dense, much branched clumps to 5 m (16 ft) high. Stem segments obovate to oblong to nearly round, olive green, 10-40 cm (3.9-16 in) long. Leaves green with reddish tips, to 4 mm long. Areoles 2-4 cm (0.8-1.6 in) apart. Spines 2-8, needle-like, dark brown, 2-7 cm (0.8-2.8 in) long. Flowers yellow with reddish or rose stripes, to 5 cm (2 in) in diameter. Fruits obovoid, reddish. Distribution: Caribbean, Central America, Colombia, and Venezuela. Opuntia elatior has been widely distributed by humans, as far as Australia.

Opuntia elizondoana E. Sánchez &Villaseñor 1994

Plants shrubby, branching basally to form low clumps 30-65 cm (12-26 in) high. Stem segments elliptical to oblong, greenish to yellowish to olive green, glabrous, 10-20 cm (3.9-7.9 in) long, 4.5-5.5 cm (1.8-2.2 in) wide. Leaves small, yellowish with reddish tips. Areoles oval, whitish gray with purplish tint. Glochids yellowish. Spines 2-4, occasionally as many as 7, somewhat diverging, whitish with yellowish tips, 1-2 cm (0.4-0.8 in) long. Flowers yellow with reddish tint, to 5 cm (2 in) long. Fruits obovoid, green to salmon, 33.5 cm (1.2-1.4 in) long. Distribution: Querétaro, Mexico.

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