Opuntia elatior Mill., Gard. Dict. ed. 8 4 1768. (syn. Cactus elatior (Mill.) Willd.; Opuntia bergeriana F.A.C.Weber ex A.Berger; Opuntia nigricans (Haw.) Haw.);
Cactaceae (cactus family) » Opuntia elatior
Synonyms: Cactus elatior, C. strictus, C. tuna var. elatior, Opuntia bergeriana, O. dillenii, O. nigricans, O. stricta
op-UN-shee-uh — named after Opus (Greece), area where cactus-like plants were grown
ee-LAY-tee-or — taller
commonly known as: prickly pear • Hindi: चप्पल सेंद chappal-sendh, नाग फनी nag phani • Kannada: ಡಬ್ಬಗಳ್ಳಿ dabbagalli, ಪಾಪಸು ಕಳ್ಳಿ paapasu kalli • Marathi: फड्या निवडुंग phadya nivadung • Sanskrit: विदार विश्वसारक vidara-vishvasaraka • Tamil: சப்பாத்துக்கள்ளி cappattukkalli, பட்டணத்துக்கள்ளி pattanattukkalli • Telugu: జెముడు nagajemudu, నాగతాళి nagatali
Native to: Caribbean, tropical South America
… the fruit, prickly pear (as FRUIT) eaten fresh
… the pad segments, nopales (as VEGETABLE)
… most culinary references to the “prickly pear” are referring to Opuntia ficus-indica
Quoted from Wikipedia <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opuntia>
… the edible use of this plant may be lesser known in India
The fruit of prickly pears, commonly called cactus fruit, cactus fig, Indian fig or tuna in Spanish, is edible, although it has to be peeled carefully to remove the small spines on the outer skin before consumption. If the outer layer is not properly removed, glochids can be ingested, causing discomfort of the throat, lips, and tongue, as the small spines are easily lodged in the skin.
Opuntia for ID :: Devgad, Konkan :: May 2017 – ARKMAY05 : 7 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
This Opuntia was growing wild on Devgad beach, MH. Pics were clicked in May 2017.
Pl. Check comparative images in efi site at Opuntia page.
I am unable to get any matching pictures from the net and arrive at any decision.
This should be Opuntia elatior Mill.
Opuntia elatior FOR VALIDATION :: Jurassic Cactus Park, Jaisalmer :: 27 OCT 18 : 3 posts by 2 authors.
Jurassic Cactus Park Kuldhara, Jaisalmer
Date: October 27, 2018 … Altitude: about 225 m (740 feet) asl
Opuntia elatior Mill.
I have no idea why this cactus park at entrance of Kuldhara village is strangely named as “Jurassic”. I find from internet that the park was made in 2006 by the government, however is not maintained in any way. The plants within, I am not sure whether they are natives or exotics, which through my posts that follow in this week, we will get to know once identified.
This first post, I believe has Opuntia elatior; please validate.
Cactus for ID : Nasik : 28NOV20 : AK-32: 3 images.
Difficult to ID but could be Opuntia elatior !
Thanks a lot.
Another Opuntia from Nasik was also identified by … as being close to Opuntia elatior.
Let us wait.
Yes possibility of O. stricta as well.
Opuntia Cactus for ID : 150111 : AK-2: Taken at Nasik, Maharashtra on the 24th of September,2010.
Opuntia dillenii. It is commonly used as a vegetable in Mexico.
The flower is said to be edible………..i have tasted… has bland taste…
…. has also identified this as Opuntia elatior Mill.
You had earlier suggested the same.