Opuntia tapona

Opuntia tapona Engelm. ()
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🌡 Published in Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 3(7): 423 (1896)
Etymology

Spanish tapΓ³n ‘plug’. Engelmann: “The name refers to a fancied resemblance of the fruit to a bottle-stopper (tapone).”

According to David Griffiths and Raleigh Frederick Hare (The Tuna as Food for Man: 49. 1907) the fruit of Opuntia robusta is called tuna tapona (“cork or plug”) in Mexico.

The name tapone is also used for Epithelantha micromeris (Edward F. Anderson, The Cactus Family: 292. 2001).


How to cite

van der Meer, Maarten H.J. (2022, February 25). Opuntia tapona. Dictionary of Cactus Names. Retrieved from https://www.cactusnames.org/opuntia-tapona