General Opuntia Topics

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Opuntia topics

Opuntias are a vast and varied group. They grow on every continent except Antarctica. Prickly pears interact with animals and are used as animal fodder; are affected by the weather; are eaten for food, vitamins, and overall health; and even provide a red dye. These articles will help you find out more about opuntias. Prickly pears are important weeds in some dry areas such as southern Africa or Australia, but they are also managed as crops on some continents. 


Although you might think Opuntia names name would be simple, Opuntia or prickly pear cactus. It turns out that there are a multitude of names for just one Opuntia, O. ficus-indica, including: 

  • Barbary Fig, Cactus decumanus, Cactus ficus-indica, Cactus Flowers, Cactus Fruit, Cactus Pear Fruit, Figue d’Inde, Figuier de Barbarie, Fruit du Cactus, Fruit de l’Oponce, Indian Fig, Indian Fig Prickly Pear, Indien Figue, Nopal, Nopal Cactus, Nopales, Nopol, OPI, Oponce, Opuntia, Opuntia albicarpa, Opuntia amyclaea, Opuntia cordobensis, Opuntia decumana, Opuntia ficus, Opuntia ficus-barbarica, Opuntia ficus-indica, Opuntia gymnocarpa, Opuntia hispanica, Opuntia joconostle, Opuntia maxima, Opuntia megacantha, Opuntia paraguayensis, Prickly Pear, Spineless Cactus, and Tuna Cactus. 



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