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  Opuntia elatior
 
  Family: CACTACEAE
  Citation:  Opuntia elatior Mill., Gard. Dict. (ed. 8) 4. 1768; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 548(387). 1919; Manilal & Sivar., Fl. Calicut 125. 1982; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 197. 1984; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 329. 2009.
  Malayalam Name(s): Pathikalli
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Opuntia
  Description: Tall, much-branched shrubs with spreading branches forming thickets. Branches or phylloclads fleshy, obovate, pale-green, jointed; areoles with 2-6 strong divaricate tawny or purplish-black spines. Flowers lateral. Calyx tube adenate to the ovary, lobes small. Petals spreading, connate below, yellow at first, changing to rose-pink. Stamens purple, indefinite, half the length of the perianth. Pistil shorter than the filaments. Hypanthium with tufts of bristles and a few spines. Berries red, marked with the areoles, bristles and spines deciduous, top depressed.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: April-July
  District(s): Kollam, Kozhikkode, Alappuzha
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Cultivated as ornamental plant
  Distribution: Pantropical
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Yellow, Rose, Pink
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: Yes
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
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