Opuntia leucotricha
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Opuntia leucotricha

arborescent pricklypear
pricklypear cactus

  family cactaceae 
  genus opuntia 

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Genus  Opuntia Species  leucotricha Variety  Cultivar  Common names  arborescent pricklypear   duraznillo   pricklypear cactus Family  CACTACEAE Specimen number  S12007 Data source  GrUnFr p293;UnVeg p78
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Annual Life span  1 year Annual cycle  Evergreen Stature  Tree Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun Water    Optimal soil texture  Soil texture 26 Acceptable soil pH  Slightly acidic USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Opuntia leucotricha likes full sun.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The fruit of this plant as well as the leaves and the seed pods are all edible. Its nutritional value includes vitamin C. Opuntia leucotricha is most often used cooked or fresh.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Cutting   Seed Pollination method  Self fertile Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  6 to 8 weeks Planting period  Apr 01 - Apr 30 Harvesting period    Frost tolerance  Hardy Heat requirement  Warm Fertilizer  Nitrogen & calcium Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Fresh   Cooked Nutritional value  Vitamin C Edible parts  Fruit   Leaves   Seed pods Description of edible parts round, white-yellow skinned, aromatic, and sweet Flavor / texture  has juicy pulp-filled leaves and seed-pods which have sweet fruit surrounding numerous seeds
Horticulture notes  No special fertilization is necessary for Opuntia leucotricha to produce fruit. The best month for planting is April. Harden in a cold frame for 6 to 8 weeks prior to setting out. It requires warm days for good production. Nitrogen and calcium are both required for optimal growth. Prickly pear cactus (in some places called arborescent pricklypear and duraznillo) is often propagated using a cutting or by seed. This plant is thought to originate from central Mexico.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Opuntia leucotricha has an annual life cycle. Prickly pear cactus (locally known in some parts as arborescent pricklypear and duraznillo) is evergreen.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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