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  Opuntia striata var. dillenii
 
  Family: CACTACEAE
  Citation:  Opuntia striata Haw. var. dillenii (Ker-Gawl.) L., Benso, Car. Succ. J. (Los Angles) 41: 126. 1969; M. Mohanan & Henry, Fl. Thiruvanthapuram 210. 1994; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 139. 1999; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 139. 2002; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 329. 2009. Opuntia dillenii (Ker-Gawl.) Haw., Suppl. Pl. Succ. 79. 1819; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 657. 1879; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 548(387). 1919; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 219. 1990. Cactus dillenii Ker-Gawl., Bot. Reg. 3: t. 255. 1818.
  Malayalam Name(s): Nagamullu, Nagathali, Palakakkalli, Rakthakally
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Prickly pear
  Description: Fleshy shrubs with often drooping branches; stem flat, obovate or oblanceolate, glaucous; areoles with 5-7 spines, densely bristly at base; spines yellow. Young leaves c. 5 mm long, subulate, fleshy, seated on a swollen fleshy base. Flowers to 5 cm across. Perianth many, yellow; outer tepals c. 2 cm long; inner ones c. 3 cm long, obovate. Stamens many. Ovary c. 2 cm long, glochidiate; style apically branched. Berry obovoid. Seeds many.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: Throughout the year
  District(s): Palakkad, Alappuzha, Idukki, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Kollam, Malappuram, Kozhikkode
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Dry deciduous forests and scrub jungles, also in the plains
  Distribution: Native of Tropical America
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Yellow
  Weed: Yes
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude:
  Localities: Champakkad, Anappadi, Panangotteri, Alappuzha beach, Purakkad
   
 
   
 
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