Brittle cactus

Brittle cactus

Brittle cactus

Brittle cactus (Opuntia fragilis) is a member of the Opuntia genus, traditionally known as tuna (fruit), sabra, or paddle from the Spanish word nopal. Along with many other xerophytes, brittle cactus is an ideal transplant for gardens and xeriscapes of the Southwest desert, where it is a staple wild plant.There is a large patch of Native brittle prickly pear cactus around St. Cloud, MN that will be destroyed for a road. Is this plant protected in anyway. This is by far the larges group that I know of and hate to see that it will be removed from the world just for a road. I want to write a story about the location and what it means to save this cactus. Can you help me out? Mathew



Opuntia ficus-indica has been introduced to Europe, and flourishes in areas with a suitable climate, such as the south of France and southern Italy: In Sicily, they are referred to as fichi d'India (Italian literal translation of Indian fig) or ficurinia (Sicilian language literal translation of Indian fig). In Sardinia, they are called figumorisca – Moorish figs), the same denomination they receive along the Catalan-speaking regions of the Western Mediterranean, figa de moro. They can be found also in the Struma River in Bulgaria, in southern Portugal and Madeira (where they are called tabaibo, figo tuno, or "Indian figs"), in Andalusia, Spain (where they are known as higos chumbos). In Greece, it grows in such places as the Peloponnese region, Ionian Islands, or Crete, and its figs are known as frangosyka (Frankish, i.e. Western European, figs) or pavlosyka (Paul's figs), depending on the region. In Albania, they are called fiq deti translated as 'sea figs', and are present in the south-west shore. The figs are also grown in Cyprus, where they are known as papoutsósyka or babutsa (shoe figs).

The prickly pear cactus (Opuntia) is among the most widespread cactus genera in the U.S. With over 100 species, this plant is characterized by its spiny, flat, club-shaped pads. Many varieties have large, round spines, while others have tiny, hair-like barbs that detach upon contact. While cacti are generally known as warm-weather desert plants, there are some prickly pear species that are hardy as far north as USDA zone 4. Prickly pear is best planted outside in the spring after the threat of frost has passed. Some prickly pears produce fruits that are prized for their edibility, but the plant's growth rate is fairly slow and it can take three or four years before a new plant starts fruiting. (Source: www.thespruce.com)



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