Talk:Opuntia humifusa

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A note[edit]

I added a photo that I took in Ottawa, Illinois last summer. It's the first image I have added to wikipedia, so I hope that it's appropriate.--Thecoldmidwest (talk) 17:59, 6 February 2009 (UTC)

Thank you for your contributions. It is a bit hard to lay out images on the page when there is as little text as there is here, but that isn't a particularly big deal. You can find a lot more at places like Wikipedia:Images#Image choice and placement. As for the image itself, are you sure "shade" is really an accurate caption? It looks to me like that location would be classified at least as part shade, and perhaps even sunny (if it gets direct sun for much of the day, that is). Kingdon (talk) 12:07, 11 February 2009 (UTC)
You are correct and thank you. --Thecoldmidwest (talk) 19:30, 7 April 2009 (UTC)

Indian fig[edit]

The beginning of the page on Eastern prickly pear says

"Eastern Prickly Pear (Opuntia humifusa), also known as Indian fig, is a native cactus found in the northeastern part of North America and is found through New Jersey, New York and the New England states, and even in parts of Eastern Canada, e.g. southern Ontario."

As is obvious from the paragraph above, the plant is native to not India but a continent across the world, and as such - since wikipedia is not limited to users in US - it might be better to insert a correction or explanation that the word Indian here has nothing whatsoever to do with India or anthing of India, but rather the misunderstanding occurring on discovery of a different continent four centuries or so ago. —Preceding unsigned comment added by DrJGMD (talkcontribs) 13:32, 6 January 2010 (UTC)

Any lengthy explanation isn't called for, since the usage of the word "Indian" is quite peripheral to this article. We might link Indian to Native Americans in the United States or Indigenous peoples of the Americas. Personally, I've not heard the term Indian fig applied to this cactus, but it seems to be widespread enough that we probably shouldn't just omit it (I base that on some google searches, although a more thorough look at reliable sources would provide a better answer). Kingdon (talk) 21:52, 7 January 2010 (UTC)