Small Opuntia ID’s please

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Small Opuntia ID’s please

Post by Mark07 » Thu Jun 03, 2021 8:24 pm

I’m not convinced the labels on these two are correct, or maybe they both got mixed up? Can anyone confirm my suspicions please or do they look correct?

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Opuntia phaeacantha Richter
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opuntia basilaris var. brachyclada
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Re: Small Opuntia ID’s please

Post by Mark07 » Tue Jun 08, 2021 9:01 pm

Anybody? :grin: (tu)
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Re: Small Opuntia ID’s please

Post by Mike P » Tue Jun 08, 2021 9:09 pm

Difficult. The basilaris ought to have a blue/green tinge to the epidermis grown in full sun if that helps.
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Re: Small Opuntia ID’s please

Post by Mark07 » Wed Jun 09, 2021 7:02 am

Thanks Mike, that was my thought too. Both are in full sun for about 10 hours a day. I have a few other basilaris that all have the usually blue / green tingle which is why I had my doubts about this one. Will wait for flowers to see if that clears things up a bit :)
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Re: Small Opuntia ID’s please

Post by Tony R » Wed Jun 09, 2021 7:23 am

They both look like the same hybrid to me.
Uhlig did lots of crosses between O. fragilis (small pads) and Opuntia phaeacantha (and other large-padded opuntias) to produce a range of small padded plants with large flowers. A confusing group of plants in my opinion - but then I am more of a purist!
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Re: Small Opuntia ID’s please

Post by Mark07 » Wed Jun 09, 2021 10:25 am

Thanks Tony I think you’re right. I did wonder as they do look similar to the rest of my fragilis hybrids. I guess I’ll know more when they eventually flower.
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Re: Small Opuntia ID’s please

Post by ralphrmartin » Wed Jun 09, 2021 4:54 pm

I've also got that one also labelled as O. basilaris v. brachyclada, and I must say I was rather dubious as it is rather a shiny green.

I suppose you could imagine an old and very faded label with

Opuntia fragilis x phaecantha

being resurrected as

Opuntia basilaris v. brachyclada

if you could hardly read them and misremembered.
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Re: Small Opuntia ID’s please

Post by Mark07 » Wed Jun 09, 2021 5:25 pm

Good point Ralph I never thought of that! I purchased mine from the Cactusshop in Devon last year.
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