Cylindropuntia tesajo

Cylindropuntia tesajo (Engelm.) F.M.Knuth ()
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🌵 BasionymOpuntia tesajo ()
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🌵 Basionym published in Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 3(7): 448 (1896)

Spanish tasajo ‘jerky, dried meat’, apparently the vernacular name of the species. Weber (in Bull. Mus. Hist. Nat. (Paris) 4(1): 165. 1898): “The Mexicans generally refer to Opuntia leptocaulis [= Cylindropuntia leptocaulis] and O. Kleiniæ DC [= Cylindropuntia kleiniae] or related species (Op. Tasajo Engelm.) by the name Tasajillo. — The word Tasajillo, diminutive of the Spanish Tasajo, means strip of dry meat (carne secca).”

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van der Meer, Maarten H.J. (2022, October 13). Cylindropuntia tesajo. Dictionary of Cactus Names. Retrieved from