Opuntia ficus-indica (NL: Vijgcactus / EN: Indian fig opuntia, Barbary fig, Prickly pear / DE: Feigenkaktus / FR: Figuier de Barbarie, Figuier d'Inde, Nopal, Oponce, Cactus raquette) is a species of cactus that has long been a domesticated crop plant important in agricultural economies throughout arid and semiarid parts of the world. It is thought to possibly be native to Mexico. The plant is considered a pest species in parts of the Mediterranean Basin due to its ability to spread rapidly beyond the zones it was originally cultivated. In Sicily, where the prickly pear fruit is known as ficudinnia (the Italian name being fico d'India), the cactus grows wild and cultivated to heights of 4–5 meters.
Image: Siracusa (IT-SI) - 03/04/2012
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