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Opuntia littoralis var vaseyi 4.jpg
Opuntia littoralis var. vaseyi
Scientific classification
Kinrick: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Faimily: Cactaceae
Subfaimily: Opuntioideae
Tribe: Opuntieae
Genus: Opuntia

Mony, see text.


Opuntia is a genus in the cactus faimily, Cactaceae.

Taxonomy[eedit | eedit soorce]

When Carl Linnaeus published Species Plantarum in 1753 – the stairtin pynt for modren botanical nomenclatur – he placed aw the species o cactus kent tae him in ane genus, Cactus. In 1754, the Scots botanist Philip Miller dividit cacti intae several genera, includin Opuntia. He distinguished the genus lairgely on the form o its flouers an fruits.[1]

Selectit species[eedit | eedit soorce]

Opuntia hybridizes readily atween species.[2] This can mak clessification difficult. An aa, nae aw species leetit here mey actually alang in this genus.

Umwhile in Opuntia[eedit | eedit soorce]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Miller, Philip (1754). "Opuntia". The Gardener's Dictionary (4th ed.). London: John & James Rivington. Retrieved 13 Juin 2014.
  2. Griffith, M. P. (2004). "The origins of an important cactus crop, Opuntia ficus-indica (Cactaceae): New molecular evidence". American Journal of Botany. 91 (11): 1915–1921. doi:10.3732/ajb.91.11.1915. Archived frae the original on 21 Juin 2010. Retrieved 9 Apryle 2016.