Index
Kromme-Geelhout-Database

Species details

Genus

Genus : Opuntia
Family: Cactaceae (Dicotyledon)
Taxon : Flowering plant
Group : Plant

SPECIES
monacantha
NOTES

A succulent shrub or tree often with a definite trunk. Cladodes flattened, usually thin, bright green and shiny and appearing wilted. A declared weed from South America.


AUTHORITY
Haw.
Sub Author
Conservation
Exotic
Habit
Succulent
Land Invertebrate
n/a 


Colour
Notes: The yellow flowers have a distinctive red streak on the outer petals
Colour: Yellow
Common Name
Cochineal prickly pear
Drooping prickly pear
Luisiesturksvy
Suurturksvy
Exotic
Habitat
NOTES: Found along the road in the Woodlands area
HABITAT NAME: Veld
NOTES: Invades many areas in the bush especially along the river banks
HABITAT NAME: Bush
Uses
Food
The fruits are edible
Fodder
Used as livestock fodder
Other uses
Used for security hedging and for the cochineal dye from the insects which feed on it
Months
October
November
December
January
February
March
April
Synonyms for Species
Opuntia vulgaris



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