Opuntia humifusa (Raf.) Raf., Med. fl. 2:247. 1830 (Syn: (≡) Cactus humifusus Raf. (basionym); (=) Opuntia compressa auct.; (=) Opuntia vulgaris auct. nonn.);
Opuntia humifusa, commonly known as the Eastern Prickly Pear or Indian Fig, is a native cactus found in most of eastern North America. It ranges from Montana eastward to southern Ontario and then on to Massachusetts, south to Florida and westward to New Mexico.
The green stems of this low-growing perennial cactus are flattened and are formed of segments. Barbed bristles are found around the surfaces of the segments and longer spines are sometimes present. The flowers are yellow to gold in color and are found along the margins of mature segments. The flowers are waxy and sometimes have red centers. They measure 4-6 cm wide and bloom in the late spring.
The juicy and edible red fruits measure from 3-5 cm. As the fruit matures, it changes colour from green to red, and often remains on the cactus until the following spring. There are 6 to 33 small, flat, light-colored seeds in each fruit.
This plant is very intolerant of shade. It thrives in full sun and well-drained soil.
(From Wikipedia on 27.4.13)
Plants from Cactus Garden: Cactus 5 from Cactus Garden, Panchkula for id.. : Attachments (2). 2 posts by 1 author.
Requesting identification of this succulent from Cactus garden Panchkula….
most probably Opuntia humifosa..
I could not find any reference in India on net of this species (Opuntia humifusa).