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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. Armatae
Species: Opuntia elata
Varietates: O. e. var. cardiosperma – O. e. var. elata

Opuntia elata Link & Otto ex Salm-Dyck, Hort. Dyck. 361 (-362). (1834)

Opuntia elata Link & Otto, Verh. Vereins Beford. Gartenbaues Konigl. Preuss. Staaten 6: 434. (1830), nom. inval.
Opuntia elata var. oblongata E.Walther, J. Cact. Succ. Soc. Amer. 1: 204. (1930)

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Southern America
Regional: Southern South America
Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Paraguay, Uruguay
Regional: Western South America
Regional: Brazil
Brazil South, Brazil West-Central
Introduced into:
Cuba, Italy, Portugal, Sicilia, Spain

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 (-362).

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. 2021. Opuntia elata in Cactaceae at A global synthesis of species diversity in the angiosperm order Caryophyllales. Published online. Accessed: 2021 Nov. 29. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2021. Opuntia elata. Published online. Accessed: Nov. 29 2021. 2021. Opuntia elata. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 29 Nov. 2021.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Opuntia elata in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 08-Apr-12.

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