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Opuntia decumbens

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. Nopalea
Species Opuntia decumbens

Opuntia decumbens Salm-Dyck, Hort. Dyck. 185, 361. 1834.


Opuntia repens Karw. ex Salm-Dyck, Hort. Dyck.: 361. 1834 syn. sec. Majure 2021
Opuntia decumbens var. longispina Eichlam in Monatsschr. Kakteenk. 21: 116. 1911 syn. sec. Kew WCVP (2019)
Opuntia maxonii G.J.Ortega, Apuntes Fl. Indig. Sinaloa, Fam. Cact. C: 11. 1929 syn. sec. Tropicos
Opuntia decumbens var. scheinvariana E.Paniagua syn. sec. Tropicos

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Southern America
Regional: Central America
El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panamá
Continental: Northern America
Regional: Mexico
Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest

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

Salm-Reifferscheidt-Dyck, J. zu (1834) Hortus Dyckensis ou Catalogue des Plantes... 361.

Additional references

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 decumbens 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 decumbens 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 decumbens. Published online. Accessed: Jan 04 2022. 2022. Opuntia decumbens. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 04 Jan 2022.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Opuntia decumbens in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 08-Apr-12.

Vernacular names
español: Lengua de Vaca, Nopal de Culebra

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