Opuntia alta

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Opuntia alta
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae
Genus: Opuntia
O. alta
Binomial name
Opuntia alta

Opuntia alta is a cactus species in the Opuntia genus. It is a large plant, with some older specimens forming trees to 4.6 metres (15 ft) tall.[1]


It resembles Opuntia lindheimeri, and immature specimens can be mistaken for that taxon.[2] Mature O. alta plants form discrete trunks and have small fruits. Unlike O. lindheimeri, the flowers have pale stigmas.

Opuntia alta is probably closely related to Opuntia cacanapa, which grows further inland.



  1. ^ "Opuntia alta". Opuntiads.
  2. ^ Griffiths, David (1910). "Illustrated studies in the genus Opuntia III" (PDF). Annual Report of the Missouri Botanical Garden. 21: 165–166. Retrieved 23 June 2017.

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