Identification Needed

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  1. Giango

    Giango New Member

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    Hello, i've been trying to know if this plant is Opuntia Ficus-Indica or Nopalea Cochenillifera; both look really similar and i can't tell them apart. Thanks
     

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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    The webpage at Nopalea cochenillifera (Cochineal Nopal Cactus) • World of Succulents says its flowers are "erect, narrow, bright red to rose in color, up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) long, and up to 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) in diameter." It doesn't describe the fruits. It is also called Opuntia cochenillifera.
    The same website at Opuntia ficus-indica (Prickly Pear) • World of Succulents says the flowers are bright yellow to orange-yellow, but otherwise doesn't describe them. The photos show open flowers, not narrow. It does describe the fruits, fleshy, reddish, ellipsoid, up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) long.
     
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