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Opuntia rutila (polyacantha), 3 layers

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Opuntia rutila, 3 layers


Opuntia rutila

Opuntia rutila, also known as Opuntia polyacantha is a common species of cactus. 
It is native to North America, where it is widespread in Western Canada, the Great Plains, the central and Western USA, and Chihuahua in northern Mexico.

Opuntia rutila grows up to 40 centimetres tall. It forms low mats of pads which may be 2-3 metres wide. Its succulent green pads are oval or circular and reach 27 by 18 cm wide. Its areoles are tipped with woolly brown fibers and glochids. Many of the areoles have spines which are quite variable in size and shape. They may be 0.4 to 18.5 cm in length, stout or thin, straight or curling, and any of a variety of colors.

The flowers are 2.5 to 4 cm long and may be yellow or magenta in color. The fruit is cylindrical, brownish, dry and spiny. The cactus reproduces by seed, by layering, and by resprouting from detached segments.

There are many expressions of Opuntia rutila and variation is common.
Winterhardy: -20°C.

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Specie Opuntia rutila
Min. temperature: -20 / -25°C
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