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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.


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 speciesEedit

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 OpuntiaEedit


  1. Miller, Philip (1754). "Opuntia". The Gardener's Dictionary (4th ed.). London: John & James Rivington. Retrieved 2014-06-13.
  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.