|🌵 Author(s)||David Hunt|
|🌵 Basionym||Opuntia dactylifera (1913)|
|🌵 Basionym author(s)||Friedrich Vaupel||🌵 Basionym published in||Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 50(2-3, Beibl. 111): 29 (1913)|
Greek daktylos ‘date (fruit of the date palm Phoenix dactylifera)’ + Latin –fer (feminine –fĕra) ‘carrying’. Vaupel: “The most peculiar feature of the plant is the pronounced date-like shape of the fruit.” Not “for the fingerlike stem segments” (Eggli & Newton, Etymological Dictionary of Succulent Plant Names. 2004).
According to Vaupel the plant was known in southern Peru as hairampu (compare Airampoa).