|Scientific Name||Opuntia stricta (Haw.) Haw. var. dillenii (Ker Gawler) L. Benson|
Areoles raised, densly elongate bristles. Spines 5-7 per areole.
Solitary, sessile, yellow. Flowering throughout the year.
A berry, obovoid, purple when ripe. Seeds many. Fruiting from MArch onwards.
An armed shrub.
Notes: Dry deciduous forests and scrub jungles, also in the plains. Native of Tropical America
Common in wastelands. Plains from the coast to 900m. Native to America. Introduced, now in the wild.
Karnataka: Hassan, Mysore
Kerala: Alapuzha, Idukki, Thiruvananthapuram
Tamil Nadu: All districts
Fruits edible, helps to increase appetite. Excessive amounts may cause diaohrrea. Flowers are placed over heat boils on body for healing. Fruits eaten by peacocks, squirrels, hares. Roots eaten by boar.