MaltaWildPlants.com by Stephen Mifsud
 
     
   19 Apr 2019      ()
External Links:
 


Opuntia vulgaris   (Prickly Pear Cactus)


Opuntia vulgaris  (CACTACEAE.) 
Images for this profile are taken from the Maltese Islands at or after year 2000.

Page Contents + Links

 
Nomenclature and Basic Information Images
External Links Support and sales
Submit information Website FORUM
Sponsors & Adverts Copyright notes
Cactaceae Index Plant Family Index
 
This profile is brought to you by one of the website's sponsors.
[read more...]
Profile Date Oct-2010 (last update: 12-Jan-2019)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (Oct-2010) Opuntia vulgaris retrieved from MaltaWildPlants.com on 2019-Apr-19

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Opuntia vulgarisMiller
Published in Gard. Dict. ed. 8, no. 1 (1768)

Synonyms :

Basionym or principal synonym: No Main Synonyms
Full list of synonyms : [ Euro+Med ]   [ PlantList ]   [ IPNI ]   [ Catalogue of Life ]

Plant Family :

Cactaceae The Cactus Family 9 Cactaceae species recorded from Malta.
Juss.

English name(s) :

Prickly Pear Cactus, Palma Brava

Maltese name(s) :

Maltese name not known

Status for Malta :

Naturalised alien species that was introduced in Malta after year 1492 and which can become invasive

Frequency :

Very Common     Common     Frequent     Scarce     Rare     Very rare     Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: Macro-Phanerophyte (High trees)
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection [link]:

Not Protected by Law (LN200/2011 or LN311/2006)

Red List (1989) :

Not listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

Flowering Time :

Summer

Colour of Flowers:

Yellow

Remarks :

Some authors and botanists considers this as a synonym of Opuntia ficus-indica.


Species Description and Distribution

Habitat in Europe:

Naturalized on rocks and walls

Preferred habitat in Malta:

Data will be available in the next update of this website.

Botanical Description:

Procumbent and spreading, or sometimes ascending shrub up to 0·5 m; joints 3-13(-17) cm, orbicular to oblong, thick, dark green. Leaves 4-8 mm, subulate, patent; areoles distant; spines 0-1(-2), up to 5 cm, brownish or whitish glochids numerous, yellow to dark brown. Flowers 5-9 cm in diameter, bright yellow, sometimes reddish in centre; filaments yellow; stigma-lobes white. Fruit 2·5-5 cm, obovoid to oblong, red, succulent, edible; seeds 4-5 mm wide

Distributional range:

S. & S.C. Europe

Native region outside Europe:

(E. North America, from Alabama to Ontario.)


Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):

Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):

Introduced in  Austria and Liechtenstein, Doubtful in Corse, Crete, France (incl. Monaco and Channel Islands but excluding Corse), Greece, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Italy (excl. Sicily and Sardignia), ex-Jugoslavia

Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(Euro+Med Checklist, 2017) - Country codes

[nAE AE(G) nAg nAl nAz(M S) nBl Bl(M) nCa Ca(C F G H L P T) nCo nCr nCt nCy Da Fe nGa(F) -Ge nGr He nHs Hs(G S) nIJ Ir nIt nJu nLe nLi nLS nLu nMa nMd Md(D M P) No nSa ?Si nSi(M S) Su nSy nTn Tu(A) Uk(K)]


Images (0 images)

No images of Opuntia vulgaris are available. If you can share your own images of this species to this website, please do so by using the image upload form below. Credits are given to the authors.

 
UPLOAD IMAGE FORM
Your Name:  *
Your Email:  *
Select Image :  *
Is this image taken from Malta?     YES    NO    Don't know!
Anti-Spam code:  *
Additional Comments:
Credit for photo submitted:
NO   YES  
If Yes, the 'Name' entered above will be used for crediting. Credit will be marked on the photo (eg: Photo by John Smith ). If the photo submitted is not yours, please state the author in the comments box. DO NOT submit photos without the author's permission.
          * = required inputs
[ Instructions on how to share and submit your own photos to Maltawildplants.com ]

Links & Further info

Google Web

Google Images

Yahoo Web

Yahoo Images

Wikipedia

JSTOR

GBIF

Med Checklist

Cat. of Life

EoL

IPNI

The Plant List

NYBG

Vienna Virt. Hb.

RBGE

KEW

MNHN

Arkive


Buy Seeds and Docs
Seeds of wild plants for sale for studies, trials, research, or personal use. Note that not all species' seeds can be exported (depending on Maltese regulations and CITES). Availability depends on season. For these reasons you are kindly requested to first fill and submit a quotation form by which you will get confirmation of the purchase, availability and charges.   Online Quotation (Seeds)

  Online Purchase (Seeds)
Buy images found in this large collection of Maltese flora. Prices reasonable and rated differently according size and resolution. Please note that all images are copyright of the author. Buying images for your projects will support this website. To buy images please take not of the image code specific for every image (found beneath each individual photo) since this is required when filling the online ordering form.   Online Purchase (Images)
Kindly consider support this website by giving a small donation. This will help to cover some expenses needed to maintain the website and its further development. Please bear in mind how much hard work such a large and up-to-date website about the flora of Malta requires.   Online Donation


Submit further info on this species
Use this form to submit more information on this species or report mistakes in this webpage. If information supplied is taken from a book, journal or website, please provide the corresponding reference or website address. Your email address is only for internal communication. Please report only Maltese locations for plants that indicated as rare or very rare (refer to the Nomenclature section). Please do report mistakes, broken links, technical errors, silly typing / grammar errors, misidentifications or taxonomical updates; this will help to improve the website's accuracy. Thanks you! Fill any of the three sections (A/B/C) below and kindly submit the form.     * = required fields.
Plant Species:  *
Your name:   * Your Email:   *
 
Section A:  Additional Information about this plant species
Own observations: Info from published material (books, journals, website):
Reference of published material:
 
Section B:   Where have you seen this plant on the Maltese Islands?
Locations in Malta or Gozo where you have seen this plant. Only applies for rare plants.

1:       2:       3:   
4:       5:       6:   
Try to be as concise as possible. Examples: Dingli Cliffs (near chapel), Wied Incita (Zebbug side), Triq il-Kbira (Qormi), Barriera ta' Ghajn Abdul (Xlendi), Fields East of Salib tal-gholja (Siggiewi). GPS co-ordinates are also welcomed!
Section C:  Corrections for mistakes and errors in this plant profile
Section of this page where you found an error (select one)
What is the error/mistake and suggest a correction
AntiSpam Verification: Please answer these simple questions:   70 + 4 =     This website is about
          





MaltaWildPlants.com is supported by:
[ EcoGozo, Ministry for Gozo ] [ Projects in Motion ] [ Sunrise Pet & Garden Centre] [ MycoMalta ]
Webpage is copyright of Stephen Mifsud / www.MaltaWildPlants.com - (2002-2018)