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Discussion in 'Cacti and Succulents' started by Cactus Jack, Oct 7, 2007.

  1. Cactus Jack

    Cactus Jack Active Member

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    Can any of you Canadians explain why Prickly Pears are known in French as "Figues Barbary" -- Barbary figs? They're no relation to figs!

    Of course, they're no relation to pears either!
     
  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    "Barbary Fig" is an old name for Opuntia ficus-indica. This was so-named because the fruit superficially resembles a fig in appearance (and also because the species was introduced and naturalised in 'Barbary' [northwest Africa] a long time ago).
     

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