African Plant Database

Opuntia ficus-indica (L.) Mill.
Protologue : Gard. Dict., ed. 8 pt. 2 (1768) 
Information on the genus : Opuntia
Basionym : Cactus ficus-indica L.
Status for NA : accepted (cultivated)
Status for SA : accepted (cultivated)
Status for TA : accepted (cultivated)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Cactus ficus-indica L. (1753)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Opuntia compressa J.F. Macbr. (1922)
=Cactus opuntia L. (1753)
=Opuntia ficus-barbarica A. Berger (1912)
=Opuntia ficus-indica auct.
=*Opuntia inermis auct. sensu Le Houér., non DC.
=Cactus opuntia var. inermis DC. (1799)
=Opuntia maxima Mill. (1768)
=*Cactus opuntia auct. Algérie, non L.
=Opuntia ficus-indica var. inermis Weber
Taxon infra-specific
Opuntia ficus-indica var. amyclaea (Ten.) A. Berger
Ecology and distribution
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Tree, Shrub, Succulent- Ht 2 - 5 m. Alt: up to 2250 m. Distribution: EC, FS, GA, KN, LP, MP, NC, NW, WC

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Ethnobotany of the Kwanyama Ovambos : 55-56 (1985).
  • Food plants of Zimbabwe : 80 (1986).
  • List South. African Succ. Pl. : 50 (1997).
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under The International Plant Name Index
see under African Plants - a Photo Guide
see under Missouri Botanical Garden
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
see under Herbarium, North Africa MPU
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Record n°5465 modified 2008-03-20
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