Definition of Genus Opuntia

1. Noun. Large genus of cactuses native to America: prickly pears.

Exact synonyms: Opuntia
Generic synonyms: Caryophylloid Dicot Genus
Group relationships: Cactaceae, Cactus Family, Family Cactaceae
Member holonyms: Prickly Pear, Prickly Pear Cactus, Cholla, Opuntia Cholla

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Genus Opuntia

genus Onoclea
genus Ononis
genus Onopordon
genus Onopordum
genus Onosmodium
genus Onychium
genus Onychogalea
genus Onychomys
genus Opheodrys
genus Ophiodon
genus Ophioglossum
genus Ophiophagus
genus Ophisaurus
genus Ophrys
genus Opisthocomus
genus Opuntia (current term)
genus Orbignya
genus Orchestia
genus Orchis
genus Orcinus
genus Oreamnos
genus Orectolobus
genus Oreopteris
genus Oreortyx
genus Origanum
genus Oriolus
genus Orites
genus Ormosia
genus Ornithogalum
genus Ornithorhynchus

Literary usage of Genus Opuntia

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Plant World by Plant World Association, Wild Flower Preservation Society (U.S.), Wild Flower Preservation Society of America (1906)
"The most important collection of the genus Opuntia, and doubtless of other cacti in this country, is that in the Engelmann Herbarium in the Missouri ..."

2. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1916)
"... referred them to the genus Opuntia, but they more properly belong to the genus Pereskiopsis, Brit. ..."

3. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1877)
"Mr. Martindale called attention to the genus Opuntia, the only genus of Cactaceae found east of the Mississippi in the Northern States. ..."

4. The Fruit of Opuntia Fulgida: A Study of Perennation and Proliferation in by Duncan Starr Johnson (1918)
"In other words, in the genus Opuntia the ovary, in flower and in fruit, may assume now more, now fewer of the various functions of the vegetative joint. ..."

5. Favourite Flowers of Garden and Greenhouse by Edward Step (1897)
"... genus Opuntia OPUNTIA (classical name used by Pliny). A genus comprising about one hundred and fifty species of succulent trees and shrubs. ..."

6. The Plant World by Plant World Association, Wild Flower Preservation Society (U.S.) (1919)
"The genus Opuntia is the largest of the family, containing 254 species, and has been divided into three sub-genera, Cylindropuntia ..."

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