Cochineal Cactus, Velvet Opuntia, Wooly Joint Prickly Pear, Nopales opuntia, Nopal cactus;
Stem flattened, not winged
3. Stamens exserted beyond corolla……………………..Nopalea
3. Stamens not exserted beyond corolla………………..Opuntia


Opuntia sp for ID from Uttarakhand: May 2014 DSR_5 : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4).
This ornamental Opuntia with red flowers bloom each year in summer season but without producing fruits.Not able to identify it; please help!

Could it be Opuntia elatior Mill. (=Opuntia burgeriana)

efi page on Opuntia elatior

Flower is very close to Opuntia cochenillifera, commonly known as Velvet Opuntia.I have no idea about the fruits, not seen any

Thank You … for this ID which seems correct.

You have been identifying all my Uttarakhand posts. I am glad I could identify this Opuntia for you.



Flowers from Uttarakhand-ID requested_DS11052011_SN1:
Looks like some common cactus – Don’t know the exact id. Found on roadside 50KM away from Rudraprayag.

it is Nopalea cochenillifera (L.) Salm.-Dyck. Cact. Hort. ed. 2, 64, 1850; Almeida, Fl. Mah. 2: 336, 1998; Singh et al, Fl. Mah. St. 2: 83, 2001. Synonyms: Cactus cochenillifera L., Sp. Pl. 468, 1753. Opuntia cochenillifera Mill., Gard. Dict. ed. 8, 6, 1768.

here is the distinguishing character for the two genera
Stem flattened, not winged
3. Stamens exserted beyond corolla……………………..Nopalea
3. Stamens not exserted beyond corolla………………..Opuntia

I am a bit confused – I tried both the names suggested on internet, and in both cases the picture tallies.

.. there is no need to get confused. The plant earlier known as Opuntia cochelinifera L. in now correctly known as Nopalea cochenillifera (L.) Salm-Dyck
So you will find both the names on net matching: some sites following older nomenclature, some new. Several former species of Opuntia are now shifted to Nopalea.

For ID- flowering cactus : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1).
  • Aurobindo Ashram, Bangalore
  • Jan 26, 2014

Never realized a cactus can have such beautiful flowers! Please ID.

Opuntia bergeriana

To me it looks like Opuntia cochenillifera, common names Cochineal Cactus.


TSP-JAN2016-24-24: Images of Nopalea cochenillifera (Cactaceae) : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)

It is my pleasure to share few images of Nopalea cochenillifera (Cactaceae)

Ref: http://florakarnataka.ces.iisc.ernet.in/hjcb2/herbsheet.php?id=997&cat=1 

Habit: Shrub 

Habitat: Cultivated, Ornamental 

Sighting: Chikmagalur and Tumkur, Karnataka, about 1700 msl and 800 msl respectively 

Date: 30-11-2014, 13-02-2015 and 05-12-2015

so this is naturalized in this country or are these left overs from the so called fences that the british are known to have planted to stop caravans etc. and then collect taxes from them, within our own country????
i wonder if they did that in the soouthern parts of india too???regardless very striking colors and nice pictures

Need id assistance of JNU Campus plant 190415SP1 : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1)

I need id assistance for following images belonging to one species.
Date: 19/04/2015
Locality: JNU New Campus

Pl. check Opuntia species.

if it is opuntia its trying to be skinny and thornless. would be of great interest to me if it is. closer pictures and someone should go and touch and see if its really thornless. if it is … it would be a first of the spontaneous thornless vareity… may be.

Opuntia species

Nopalea cochenillifera

AAAH! yes. … is right. How could I have forgotten


Plant ID request: 3 images.
Need help for this plant ID.

Nopalea dejecta!

To me appears close to images at
Flora of Peninsular does list Nopalea dejecta. However, POWO gives its distribution in India.
We have to find out the difference between the two, which I am unable to get.




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