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Opuntia curassavica

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Ordo: Caryophyllales

Familia: Cactaceae
Subfamilia: Opuntioideae
Tribus: Opuntieae
Genus: Opuntia
Series: O. ser. Curassavicae
Species Opuntia curassavica

Opuntia curassavica (L.) Mill., Gard. Dict., ed. 8. 1768.


Cactus curassavicus L., Sp. Pl. 469. (1753)
Terecaulis curassavicus (L.) Berge, Buch der Welt: 91. (1842)
Opuntia curassavica var. longa Haw., Saxifrag. Enum. 2: 71. (1821)
Opuntia hattoniana Britton & Rose, Rep. Prickly Pear Comm.: 97. (1914)
Opuntia curassavica var. colombiana Backeb., Descr. Cact. Nov. 1: 10. (1957) ["1956"]

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Southern America
Regional: Caribbean
Aruba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Leeward Is., Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, Venezuelan Antilles
Regional: Northern South America

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Primary references

Miller, P. 1768. The Gardeners Dictionary: containing the best and newest methods of cultivating and improving the kitchen, fruit, flower garden, and nursery. Ed. 8, 3 volumes (without pagination), John & Francis Rivington, London. DOI: 10.5962/bhl.title.541 Reference page. : ed. 8: Opuntia no. 7.

Additional references

Acevedo-Rodríguez, P. & Strong, M.T. 2007. Opuntia curassavica in Catalogue of the seed plants of the Flora of the West Indies Website. Smithsonian Institution. Accessed: 2015 Apr 23.
Korotkova, N., Aquino, D., Arias, S., Eggli, U., Franck, A. , Gómez-Hinostrosa, C., Guerrero, P.C., Hernández, H.M., Kohlbecker, A., Köhler, M., Luther, K., Majure, L.C., Müller, A., Metzing, D., Nyffeler, R., Sánchez, D., Schlumpberger, B. & Berendsohn, W.G. 2021. Cactaceae at Caryophyllales. org–a dynamic online species-level taxonomic backbone for the family. Willdenowia 51(2): 251–270. DOI: 10.3372/wi.51.51208 Open access Reference page.


Korotkova, N. et al. 2022. Opuntia curassavica in Cactaceae at A global synthesis of species diversity in the angiosperm order Caryophyllales. Published online. Accessed: 2022 Jan 04. Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2022. Opuntia curassavica in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2022 Jan 04. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2022. Opuntia curassavica. Published online. Accessed: Jan 04 2022. 2022. Opuntia curassavica. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 04 Jan 2022.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Opuntia curassavica in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 08-Apr-12.

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