Opuntia rufida

Opuntia rufida Engelm. ()
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🌵 Published in Syn. Cact. U. S. 42 (1856) (1856)
Etymology

Botanical Latin rūfĭdus ‘becoming red’ (Eggli & Newton, Etymological Dictionary of Succulent Plant Names. 2004), from Latin rūfus ‘red, reddish’ + Latin –ĭdus ‘tending to’ (Crook & Mottram in Bradleya 20: 63-64. 2002) or a contamination of Latin rūfus ‘red, reddish’ and Latin rŭbĭdus ‘red, reddish’ (Genaust, Etymologisches Wörterbuch der botanischen Pflanzennamen. 3. Auflage. 1996)? For the “dense reddish bristles [glochids]” on the areoles. Not for the color of the flowers (Genaust, Etymologisches Wörterbuch der botanischen Pflanzennamen. 3. Auflage. 1996), which Engelmann described as yellow (“floris flavi”).


Common name
blind pricklypear

United States Department of Agriculture (2021)

How to cite

van der Meer, Maarten H.J. (2022, July 19). Opuntia rufida. Dictionary of Cactus Names. Retrieved from https://www.cactusnames.org/opuntia-rufida