Opuntia cochenillifera (L.) Mill.

  • Family : CACTACEAE
    (Cactus Family)
  • Family (Hindi name) : NAG PHANI FAMILY / CACTUS FAMILY (नागफणी फैमिली / कैक्टस फैमिली)
  • Family (as per The APG System III) : Cactaceae
  • Basionym : Cactus cochenillifer L.
  • Synonym(s) : Nopalea cochenillifera (L.) Salm-Dyck
  • Species Name (as per The IPNI) : Nopalea cochenillifera (L.) Salm-Dyck
  • Common name : Cocheneal Plant
  • Habit : Shrub
  • Comments / notes : Introduced, now runs wild in wastelands where it forms impenetrable thickets.
  • Key identification features : Unarmed shrub
  • Flower, Fruit : August-February
  • Distribution :
    • Andhra Pradesh : Anantapur district, Chittoor district, Kadapa district, East Godavari district, Guntur district, Krishna district, Kurnool district, Nellore district, Prakasam district, Srikakulam district, Vishakapatnam district, Vizianagaram district, West Godavari district
    • Telangana : Nalgonda district, Khammam district, Mehboobnagar district
    • Karnataka : Ballari district, Kolar district, Chamarajanagar district, Davanagare district, Mysuru district
    • Kerala : All districts of Kerala
    • Odisha : Angul district, Balasore district, Bargarh district, Bolangir district, Boudh district, Cuttack district, Deogarh district, Dhenkanal district, Gajapati district, Ganjam district, Kalhandi district, Kandhamal district, Kendrapara district, Keonjhar district, Khurda district, Koraput district, Malkangiri district, Mayurbhanj district, Puri district, Rayagada district, Sambalpur district, Sundergarh district
    • Tamil Nadu : Coimbatore district, Dindigul district, Dharmapuri district, Kanchipuram (Changalpattu-CGP) district, Karur district, Krishnagiri district, Madurai district, Namakkal district, Pudukkottai district, Sivaganga district, Salem district, Tiruchirapalli district, Tiruvannamalai district, Villipuram district, Vellore district
    • Himachal Pradesh : Himachal Pradesh
  • Native : Centrl America
  • World Distribution : Pantropical
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature :
    • Pullaiah et al., 2007 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 3
    • Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI.
  • Read more :
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Deepak Kumar (2024). India Flora Online. http://indiafloraonline-ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Opuntia cochenillifera. Downloaded on 21 May 2024.

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