Regularity: Regularly occurring
Areoles raised, densly elongate bristles. Spines 5-7 per areole.
Solitary, sessile, yellow. Flowering throughout the year.
A berry, obovoid, purple when ripe. Seeds many. Fruiting from MArch onwards.
An armed shrub."
Habitat & Distribution
Cuban Cactus Scrub Flora Associations
Lying in the rainshadow of upwind mountains, the Cuban Cactus Scrub ecoregion is a semi-arid region of the Caribbean Basin supporting a thorny cactus scrub. The most characteristic and abundant flora species correspond to the xeromorphous coastal and subcoastal scrubland with abundant cacti succulents, also called coastal manigua. Cactus associate species to Opuntia dillenii include: O. triacantha, Harrisia eriophora, H. taetra, Pilosocereus robinii and Dendrocereus nudiflorus. Evergreen shrubs and small trees include: Bourreria virgata, Capparis cynophallophora, Eugenia buxifolia, Bursera glauca and B. cubana.
- C.Michael Hogan. 2011. Cactus. Topic ed. Arthur Dawson. Ed.-in-chief Cutler J.Cleveland. Encyclopedia of Earth. National Council for Science and the Environment. Washington DC http://www.eoearth.org/article/Cactus?topic=49480
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Barcode data: Opuntia dillenii
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Opuntia dillenii
Public Records: 4
Specimens with Barcodes: 4
Species With Barcodes: 1
National NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded National Status Rank: NNR - Unranked
Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems
Names and Taxonomy
Comments: Introduced into S India and Australia, where it is known as Pest Pear.
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