Flora of the Nilgiris

Family : Cactaceae
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)

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Opuntia monacantha (Willd.) Haw.

Leaf arrangement

Leaf Type

Simple

Leaf Shape

Lanceolate

Leaf Apex

Leaf Base

Leaf Margin

Habit : An armed shrub.

Habitat and Distribution : Common in wastelands. Plains from the coast to 1200m, Eastern and South America. Planted and naturalized widely in India.

Indigenous Information : Fruits increase appetite.

Other relevent information : Fruits edible.

Field Tips : Areoles densely woolly brownish-bearing barbed bristles. Spines 1-3 per areole.

 

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Names:


Irula : Dorai Kalli
Tamil : Kalli


Flower:

Solitary, yellow, shaded pink. Flowering throughout the year.

Fruit :

A berry, obovoid. Fruiting throughout the year.

All from Cactaceae
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)