Opuntia compressa

Opuntia compressa J.F.Macbr. ()
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🌡 Published in Contr. Gray Herb. 65: 41 (1922)

Latin compressus β€˜compressed’. Not explained, presumably for the flattened stems. Intended by Macbride as a replacement name for the invalid tautonym Opuntia opuntia (L.) H.Karst., based on Cactus compressus Salisb. (in Prodr. Stirp. Chap. Allerton 348. 1796). The epithet was presumably taken from the pre-Linnaean name Cactus compressus articulatus ramosus, articulis ovato-oblongis, spinis subulatis hort.Cliff.

This name was often used for Opuntia humifusa but is now considered a synonym of Opuntia ficus-indica (see Leuenberger in Taxon 42(2): 419-429. 1993).

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Maarten H.J. van der Meer (2023 Dec 06). Opuntia compressa. Dictionary of Cactus Names. Retrieved from https://www.cactusnames.org/opuntia-compressa

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