Some authorities classify this species as Nopalea karwinskiana[
Nopalea karwinskiana (Salm-Dyck) K.Schum.
Opuntia karwinskiana is an evergreen, succulent shrub or small tree growing around 2 metres tall.
The root is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use. The plant is also cultivated as a hedge.
Species in this genus generally have numerous minutely barbed glochids (hairs) that are easily dislodged when the plant is touched and they then become stuck to the skin where they are difficult to see and remove. They can cause considerable discomfort[
Central America - Mexico.
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Requires a sunny position in a well-drained soil.
The root is used in the treatment of dysentery[
The plant is grown as a hedge[
]. The spiny stems act as an effective stock-proof barrier[
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