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Opuntia ficus-indica

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 26 April 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

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

Canon EOS 400D 1/320 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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26 Apr 2012 7:03pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/320 second
F/5.6
ISO 200
150 mm

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