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Fam.: Cactaceae / Cactus Fam.      

Genus:  Opuntia  MILL.
 

Authors:
   H.L.WENDL.:  Heinrich Ludolph Wendland (1792 - 1869), German botanist and gardener
   PFEIFF.:  Ludwig Karl Georg Pfeiffer (1805 - 1877), German botanistat Kassel
   MILL.:  Philip Miller (1691 - 1771), English gardener
 

Etymology:
   Opuntia:   Greek plant name
   robusta:   strong
 

Opuntia robusta can become few meters high and has globular (and not pear-shaped) fruits.

 

Opuntia robusta / Giant Prickly Pear, Silver Dollar Prickly Pear, F Arles 8.6.1982
Fig. 1:  Opuntia robusta / Giant Prickly Pear, Silver Dollar Prickly Pear
F Arles 8.6.1982
Opuntia robusta / Giant Prickly Pear, Silver Dollar Prickly Pear, F Arles 8.6.1982
Fig. 2:  Opuntia robusta / Giant Prickly Pear, Silver Dollar Prickly Pear
F Arles 8.6.1982
Opuntia robusta / Giant Prickly Pear, Silver Dollar Prickly Pear, I Promontorio del Gargano, Mattinata 30.4.1985
Fig. 3:  Opuntia robusta / Giant Prickly Pear, Silver Dollar Prickly Pear
I Promontorio del Gargano, Mattinata 30.4.1985
Opuntia robusta / Giant Prickly Pear, Silver Dollar Prickly Pear, GR Amvrakikos Kolpos ( gulf ) 6.9.2007
Fig. 4:  Opuntia robusta / Giant Prickly Pear, Silver Dollar Prickly Pear
GR Amvrakikos Kolpos ( gulf ) 6.9.2007
Opuntia robusta / Giant Prickly Pear, Silver Dollar Prickly Pear, La Gomera Hermigua 4.8.2015 (Photo: Markus Schrade)
Fig. 5:  Opuntia robusta / Giant Prickly Pear, Silver Dollar Prickly Pear
La Gomera, Hermigua 4.8.2015 (Photo: Markus Schrade)

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