NOPAL, NOPAL DECERRO
Plants shrubby or treelike with erect branches usually arising basally, 0.5-4 m (1.6-13 ft) high. Stem segments obovate to elliptical, green, glabrous, without podaria, 18-30 cm (7.1-12 in) long, 12.5-17 cm (4.9-6.7 in) wide. Areoles small, 2-3 cm (0.8-1.2 in) apart. Glochids clear yellow, 2-4 mm long. Spines 1-3, weakly awl shaped to needle-like, erect to bent backward,
Opuntia lutea 505
straight, whitish or yellow, becoming gray with age. Flowers yellow to orange, 5-7 cm (2-2.8 in) long. Fruits obconical, greenish yellow with reddish tint, edible, 3.5-4.5 cm (1.4-1.8 in) long, 2-3 cm (0.8-1.2 in) in diameter, with glochids and spines. Distribution: central and northern central Mexico.
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