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PostSubject: A tiny opuntia for ID...   Tue Jun 08, 2010 12:34 pm

G'day guys...

Here's a plant I got some time ago from Collector's Corner. It seems to be relatively slow growing, and is maybe five inches tall.



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PostSubject: Re: A tiny opuntia for ID...   Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:40 pm

i have no idea but could it also be a tephro? of some sort
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PostSubject: Re: A tiny opuntia for ID...   Tue Jun 08, 2010 3:05 pm

Isn't that what they use to call Opuntia tuna (or something along those lines)?
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PostSubject: Re: A tiny opuntia for ID...   Tue Jun 08, 2010 3:49 pm

Yeah I certainly considered that... I must admit I'm not too flash when it comes to IDing this sort of plant. The opuntiads seem to have the most confused nomenclature of any cacti; I've seen so many different groupings - Opuntia, Cylindropuntia, Micropuntia, Puna, Tephrocactus, Mauhuenopsis, Pterocactus, Consolea, Corynopuntia... study

I thought I'd give IDing it a go neverthess... this is a plant that I've seen for sale reasonably often - including at weekend markets - so I'm tipping someone knows what the bloody thing is! Laughing

TasV, I don't think this is Opuntia tuna... I thought that was a larger species, more conventionally prickly pear-like in habit?
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PostSubject: Re: A tiny opuntia for ID...   Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:20 pm

This is from a book of mine:



Also seen references to O. rufida f. dwarf
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PostSubject: Re: A tiny opuntia for ID...   Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:52 pm

Well I reckon that photo is very interesting... my references give a totally different picture for O. tuna - however I reckon there's definitely something here. O. rufida... isn't that the "cow blinder", a big nasty plant with massive glochids?
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PostSubject: Re: A tiny opuntia for ID...   Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:26 pm

Google images for Opuntia rufida f. dwarf
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PostSubject: Re: A tiny opuntia for ID...   Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:27 pm

*looks at images*

Holy cow, I think that may be it! Cheers TasV! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: A tiny opuntia for ID...   Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:33 pm

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/70013/

http://www.absolutelycactus.com/absolutelycactus_pages/opuntia_minima_rufida.html

This looks like it too but I've never heard it called this: http://www.thesucculentgarden.com.au/opunt.html but by the look of this it might be a legitimate name: http://www.google.com.au/images?hl=en&lr=&q=Opuntia%20microdasys%20var.%20rufida&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi
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PostSubject: Re: A tiny opuntia for ID...   Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:37 pm

On here as O. var. rufida forma minima: http://www.cactusland.com.au/plantlist/plcactmz.htm ????
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PostSubject: Re: A tiny opuntia for ID...   Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:42 pm

???? http://www.flickr.com/photos/25928331@N05/3892004334/
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PostSubject: Re: A tiny opuntia for ID...   Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:45 pm

Called "Tuna" on Cactusland too: http://www.cactusland.com.au/plantlist/plcactmz.htm
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PostSubject: Re: A tiny opuntia for ID...   Tue Jun 08, 2010 6:28 pm

So it's a mini-me rufida then... at least we're got something to go on now.

These miniature, clumping species are definitely a favourite of mine.
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PostSubject: Re: A tiny opuntia for ID...   Tue Jun 08, 2010 6:52 pm

I hope you've got microdasys then... common but just so beautiful.
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