Opuntia tomentosa

Opuntia tomentosa Salm-Dyck ()
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🌵 Published in Observ. Bot. Horto Dyck. [3]: 8 (1822)

Latin tōmentōsus ‘covered in short, dense, matted hairs, felted’. For the tomentose epidermis. Salm-Dyck: “With a tomentose surface quite different from all [other cacti/opuntias], as in certain stapelias” (“Ab omnibus superficie tomentosa ut in stapeliis quibusdam satis diversa”). Stapelia L. is a plant genus in the family Asclepiadaceae.

The species was cultivated in the Netherlands East Indies (present-day Indonesia) in the 19th century, where it was known as tjeulie-badak-bener [ceuli badak bener] ‘true[?] rhinoceros ear’ in Sundanese (Filet, Plantkundig woordenboek voor Nederlandsch-Indië. 1876).

Common name
woollyjoint pricklypear

United States Department of Agriculture (2021)

How to cite

van der Meer, Maarten H.J. (2022, July 20). Opuntia tomentosa. Dictionary of Cactus Names. Retrieved from https://www.cactusnames.org/opuntia-tomentosa