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Cactaceae

Cactaceae Juss. - Cactus Family

1. Echinocactus grusonii Hildm.

Common names: Golden Barrel Cactus, Golden Ball, Mother-in-Law's Cushion

My notes: Ornamental plant.

Extract from Wikipedia article: Echinocactus grusonii, popularly known as the Golden Barrel Cactus, Golden Ball or, amusingly, Mother-in-Law's Cushion, is a well known species of cactus, and is endemic to east-central Mexico.

LinkGolden Barrel Cactus (Echinocactus grusonii) on a lawn near back entrance of Texas A and M University in Education City campus. Doha, Qatar, March 26, 2014

2. Opuntia ficus-indica (L.) Mill.

(Cactus ficus-indica, Cactus opuntia, Opuntia arcei, Opuntia castillae, Opuntia chinensis, Opuntia cordobensis, Opuntia ficus-barbarica, Opuntia incarnadilla, Opuntia megacantha, Opuntia vulgaris, Platyopuntia vulgaris)

Common names: barbary fig, spineless cactus, prickly pear

Extract from Wikipedia article: Opuntia ficus-indica is a species of cactus that has long been a domesticated crop plant important in agricultural economies throughout arid and semiarid parts of the world. It is thought probably to have originated in Mexico. Some of the common English names for the plant and its fruit are Indian fig opuntia, Barbary fig, cactus pear, spineless cactus, and prickly pear, although this last name has also been applied to other less common Opuntia species. In Mexican Spanish, the plant is called nopal, while the fruit is called tuna, which are names also used in American English, especially as culinary terms.

LinkBarbary fig cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) growing as crop in Rawdat Al Faras Research Station (RAFRS, or Qatar University Farm) near Al Zubara Road. Qatar, April 20, 2016
LinkCactus pads of Barbary fig (Opuntia ficus-indica) growing as crop in Rawdat Al Faras Research Station (RAFRS, or Qatar University Farm) near Al Zubara Road. Qatar, April 20, 2016

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