Opuntia microdasys (Lehm.) Pfeiff.

Bunny Ears

Enum. Diagn. Cact. 154 (1837)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Spreading shrub, to c. 60 cm high, often somewhat creeping, trunk absent. Terminal cladodes compressed, broadly obovate, 8–15 cm long, 6–12 cm wide, dull mid green; minutely pubescent; areoles 80–100 per cladode face, 4–10 mm apart, filled with yellowish-brown glochids; spines absent. Flowers 3–5 cm diam.; sepaloids dull crimson-tinged; petaloids spreading, mid yellow (the outer sometimes crimson-tinged), mucronate; stamens pale yellow; style white, stigmas green; hypanthium more or less tuberculate. Fruit subglobose, deeply depressed at apex when young, c. 3 cm long, 2–3 cm diam., not tuberculate, dark red. Flowers late spring–summer.

Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW. Native to Mexico. In Victoria known from a single collection at Wandown State Wildlife Reserve, near Annuello.

Created by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-13
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-13
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
family Cactaceae
genus Opuntia
Higher taxa