Opuntia elata

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Fotografía tomada por Ceviga

Fotografía tomada por Ceviga

Fotografía tomada por torredeflo

It is a bushy succulent plant, more or less erect, fast growing and highly branched. Over time it can reach up to 3m in height and spread. The flower is deep orange to bright yellow in color and appears from late spring through summer. The fruit is club-shaped and is purple red when ripe.

The joints will occasionally exhibit straight white spines up to 3 or 4 cm long. The stems are segmented and thick, dark green in color, obovate, oblong to spatulate, compressed, 15 to 25 cm long, and 4 to 9 cm wide. The trunk is cylindrical and branched.

The areolas are widely separated, elongated and large, approximately 7 mm in diameter, filled with short white wool, generally without spines. Glochids are reddish brown in color, persistent for a long time. The flowers are presented in rounded buds at the apex. They are about 3 to 5 cm wide, orange-yellow to deep orange. The petals are obtuse and broad, the filaments short and the stigma lobes white. The fruits are oblong, piriform or club-shaped, purple red 5 to 6 cm long and 2 to 3 cm thick, without spines and with a truncated navel. The seeds are 6 mm wide.


Light-Temperature:
Full sun. It will not produce many flowers in a semi shaded position. Frost tolerant.
The lowest temperature (ºC) supported by this cactus is on average:: -10

Irrigation:
It should be kept fairly dry in winter, but likes a reasonable supply of water in the growing season.

Multiplication:
By leaf cuttings at any time during the growing season.

Pests:
Cottony mealybug.

Soil:
Grow outdoors in dry, sandy, or severely well-drained soils.

References:
www.llifle.com

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Scientific name:
Opuntia elata
Synonyms:
Opuntia alko-tuna, Opuntia chakensis, Opuntia pyrrhantha, Platyopuntia interjecta, Platyopuntia pyrrhantha.
Origin:
Argentina, in Corrientes, Entre Ríos, Buenos Aires, Santiago del Estero, Chaco, Formosa, Córdoba and Santa Fe. In Brazil, Río Grande do Sul. Paraguay, Bolivia and Uruguay.
Natural Habitat:
This cactus is found in forests and savannas of the Chaco region.

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Fotografía tomada por Kaktus-grys

Fotografía tomada por Kaktus-grys

Fotografía tomada por Kaktus-grys



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