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|Scientific Name||Opuntia stricta (Haw.) Haw.|
|Others||Hin : Nagphana, Irula : Mullu kalli|
Solitary, sessile; yellow. Flowering throughout the year.
An obovoid berry; purple when ripe; seeds many. Fruiting throughout the year.
Stem jointed, fleshy, flattened. Spines 5-7 per areoles. Leaves early caducous.
Found in wastelands and roadsides. Plains from the coast to 900m. Common. Native of America, introduced into oldworld, now in the wild.
The orange-red coloured fruits are edible after the spines have been carefully removed. Often planted as a fence.
Indigenous Information: Fruits are edible and helps to increase appetite. Excessive amounts may cause diaorrhea. Flowers are used to treat heat boils. Fruits eaten by peacocks, squirrels and hares.