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Opuntia microdasys ‘Monstrose’

Gold swivel cactus

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassCaryophyllidaeCacti, many other succulents, carnivorous plants, and leadworts
OrderCaryophyllalesIncludes cacti, carnations, amaranths, ice plants, and many carnivorous plants
FamilyCactaceaeSucculent (water-storing) plants, often spiny
GenusOpuntiaPrickly pears
SpeciesmicrodasysFrom the Greek mikros, “small,” and dasys, “hairy, shaggy”

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Opuntia microdasys ‘Monstrose’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Opuntia microdasys (gold swivel cactus)

8/31/2013 · Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, Virginia · ≈ 2 × 1′ (59 × 39 cm)