Opuntia chata

Opuntia chata Griffiths ()
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Etymology

Vernacular name of the species in Mexico?

Richard Crook and Roy Mottram (Bradleya 14: 107. 1996) give the alternative explanation “Perhaps from the Greek chata, against or upon, which might be a reference to the fruits persisting on the plants until the following season, which the author considered to be an unusual character of the species”, but there is no such word in Greek. They presumably mean the prefix kata-, which cannot be used independently and is rendered in Latin as cata rather than chata.


How to cite

van der Meer, Maarten H.J. (2022, February 2). Opuntia chata. Dictionary of Cactus Names. Retrieved from https://www.cactusnames.org/opuntia-chata