Opuntia anacantha

Opuntia anacantha
Opuntia anacantha


Taxonavigation: Caryophyllales 
Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Ordo: Caryophyllales

Familia: Cactaceae
Subfamilia: Opuntioideae
Tribus: Opuntieae
Genus: Opuntia
Series: O. ser. Armatae
Species: Opuntia anacantha
Varietates: O. a. var. anacantha – O. a. var. kiska-loro – O. a. var. retrorsa – O. a. var. utkilio


  • Opuntia anacantha Speg., Bull. Mus. Hist. Nat. (Paris) 10: 391. 1904.


The name is not fully understood (Hunt 2004) and the view of Kiesling (1998) is followed here with its varietates (CACO, 2021). However, others treat this species as a synonym of either Opuntia elata var. elata or Opuntia stenarthra


Native distribution areas:
  • Continental: Southern America
    • Regional: Southern South America
      • Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Paraguay, Uruguay
    • Regional: Western South America
      • Bolivia
    • Regional: Brazil
      • Brazil South, Brazil West-Central
    • Introduced into:
      • Cuba, Italy, Portugal, Sicilia, Spain

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition


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