Erect Prickly Pear (Opuntia dillenii)

Opuntia dillenii
Erect prickly pear flower, Tenerife, Canary Islands

The Erect Prickly Pear (Opuntia dillenii) is a species of cactus in the Cactaceae family that has a natural range across the Americas and the Caribbean; it is naturalised in Europe (the Canary Islands, Malta), Africa, Australia and southern Asia.


Five interesting facts about Opuntia dillenii:

  • It is a low-growing shrub up to 2 m (6.6 ft) in height.
  • In this plant, the leaves are modified into spines, whereas the stem is modified into flat, spongy, leaf-like structures, with the water-storage tissues inside them.
  • It has yellow flowers that are followed by juicy maroon-purple-coloured fruit.
  • In India, the underground roots are used for inducing quick vomiting in the case of persons bitten by poisonous snakes.
  • The fresh fruits are used as an antidiabetic agent in Canary Islands folk medicine.


Erect Prickly Pear
Erect prickly pear flowers, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Opuntia dillenii flowers, Tenerife
Erect prickly pear flowers, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Erect Prickly Pear
Erect prickly pear flowers, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Erect Prickly Pear
Erect prickly pear flower, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Erect Prickly Pear
Erect prickly pear flower, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Erect Prickly Pear
Erect prickly pear flower, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Erect Prickly Pear
Erect prickly pear flowers, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Erect prickly pear fruit, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Erect Prickly Pear
Erect prickly pear, Tenerife, Canary Islands


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