Opuntia

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Opuntia (ō·pn·shē·),

n a genus of cacti;
Opuntia vulgaris is used as a remedy in homeopathic medicine.

Opuntia

American plant genus in family Cactaceae; spines cause stomatitis; called also prickly pear.
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Unlike other widely grown crops such as qat, the prickly pear is very water efficient and does not require much in the way of costly inputs such as fertilizer.
Most of the prickly pears sold in the market come from Sanhan and Khawlan districts, southeast of Sana'a.
Faraj Saleh, a 35-year-old farmer from Sanhan district, says that he uprooted his qat plants and replaced them with prickly pears almost seven years ago.
Commonwealth Prickly Pear Board, Brisbane, Australia.
The biological control of prickly pear in South Africa.
Prickly Pear is at 5-7 Side, Quayside, Newcastle, NE1 3JE.
In Arizona, mesquite, palo verde, cholla cactus, and prickly pear replaced native grasses, spreading the scrub habitat javelinas prefer in the United States and Mexico.
For the most part, though, Day says, javelinas survive droughts by switching from their preferred foods -- acorns and other nuts, the beans of palo verde, mesquite, and other trees, roots, bulbs, grasses, and herbs -- to a diet of prickly pear cactus.
There, the prickly pear cacti still bear fruit and the tepary bean still thrives, and the traditional farming and food-gathering methods have not yet died out.
You'll need about 1 pound nopales (tender young prickly pear cactus pads).
Collared peccaries eat a wide variety of grasses and forbs, prickly pear and other fruits, acorns and other nuts, beans, roots, and bulbs.
But, during dry months or extended droughts, when most other plants die or become dormant, collared peccaries feed primarily on prickly pear pads.