Opuntia schickendantzii Weber

Lion's Tongue

in K.Schum., Gesamtbeschr. Kakt. 688 (1898) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect shrub, 0.7–1.8 m high, trunk often well-developed, to c. 1 m high. Terminal cladodes compressed, relatively thin (5–8 mm through), narrowly linear-elliptic or oblong, 20–35 cm long, 3.5–6 cm wide, dull green, minutely papillate (papillae to 0.1 mm long); areoles 45–70 per cladode face, close-set, c. 7–20 mm apart, filled with pale brown and white wool and yellowish-brown glochids; spines 1–3 per areole, straight, rigid, 4–10 mm long, 0.5–0.8 mm wide near base, spreading, yellow, rather sparse, some segments lacking spines. Flowers 4–5 cm diam.; sepaloids pink-tinged (flesh-coloured); petaloids spreading, yellow; stamens yellow; style white, stigmas green; hypanthium spinose, slightly tuberculate, remaining green. Fruit sterile, 2.5–3.5 cm long, 1.5 cm diam., more or less tuberculate. Flowers late spring–summer.

*CVU, *GipP, *HSF, *VVP. Also naturalised in NSW, ACT. Indigenous to northern Argentina. Sparingly established from garden-derived plants on roadsides at South Morang and Greta West, and along a rail-line near Prahran and beside Merri Creek at Clifton Hill.

Source: Stajsic, V.; Carr, G. W. (1996). Cactaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-07-25
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
family Cactaceae
genus Opuntia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Opuntia schickendantzii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Opuntia schickendantzii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

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Australian Capital Territory