Opuntia ficus indica

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Opuntia ficus-indica is a species of cactus that has long been a domesticated crop plant important in agricultural economies throughout arid and semiarid parts of the world. It is thought to possibly be native to Mexico.[1] Some of the common English names for the plant and its fruit are Indian fig opuntia, barbary fig, cactus pear and prickly pear, although this last name has also been applied to other less common Opuntia species.

Fig opuntia is grown primarily as a fruit crop, but also for the vegetable nopales and other uses. Most culinary references to the "prickly pear" are referring to this species. The name "tuna" is also used for the fruit of this cactus, and for Opuntia in general; according to Alexander von Humboldt, it was a word of Hispaniola native origin taken into the Spanish language around 1500 CE.[2] Opuntia ficus-indica (Indian fig) in Secunderabad, India.

Cacti are good crops for dry areas because they efficiently convert water into biomass. O. ficus-indica, as the most widespread of the long-domesticated cactuses, is as economically important as corn and tequila agave in Mexico today. Because Opuntia species hybridize easily (much like oaks), the wild origin of O. ficus-indica is likely to have been Mexico due to the fact that its close genetic relatives are found in central Mexico.[3]

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emilyA-NO Views on February 23, 2013

Excellent shot!. I am very glad to be the first in comment this wonderful picture. L. Friendly greetings, Emily

samsul alam mehedi on February 25, 2013

very nice capture!. Like, best wishes......mehedi

bayernengel ( i ♥ pa… on February 25, 2013

das gefällt mir sehr gut, like
Liebe Grüße von bayernengel. ✿ܓ

Dominique Rolland ✩☂ on February 26, 2013


Belle image piquante


Mircea_RAICU keep PA… on February 26, 2013

Wonderful image !. LIKE
Mircea R.

aggeliki.k on February 26, 2013

wonderful photos


good evening with many many greetings

Guizel J.c on February 28, 2013

Good capture,composition and colours



Marcello Caponnetto on March 3, 2013

Very nice photo!
Ciao Marcello

Giovanni-Casadio on March 3, 2013

LIKE x questa bella foto, complimenti.

Saluti e buona domenica!!!


Del-Hor on March 3, 2013

Thanks for the kind comments friends. Glad you like this capture. Cheers. DH

Kostia Semytskyi on March 3, 2013

Interesting! Like 10. Greeting from Ukraine. Kostia

Bassam Jayousi on March 3, 2013

F A N T A S T I C !!.. Like

Best wishes, Bassam

~☂λVλNT☂~ on March 17, 2013

Muy bello este cactus...


>>kisses from Mexiko--Jenny<<

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  • Uploaded on February 23, 2013
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    by Del-Hor
    • Camera: Canon EOS 600D
    • Taken on 2013/02/20 16:07:15
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/640)
    • Focal Length: 55.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash