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Scientific Name: Brasiliopuntia brasiliensis Berger
Synonym: Brasiliopuntia argentina, Brasiliopuntia brasiliensis ssp. subacarpa, Brasiliopuntia subacarpa, Opuntia neoargentina, Brasiliopuntia neoargentina, Brasiliopuntia schulzii, Opuntia schulzii, Opuntia bahiensis, Opuntia argentina, Opuntia brasiliensis, Cactus brasiliensis, Brasiliopuntia bahiensis
Family: Cactaceae
Cuija (Brasiliopuntia  brasiliensis)
Brasiliopuntia brasiliensis at the Chicago Botanical Garden in May
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10-11

Frost Tolerance: Avoid frost

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Origin: Brazil (Bahia)

Growth Habits: Tree-like, up to 66 feet tall (20 m); some segments cylindrical, up to 40 inches long (1 m), other segments flat, irregularly ovate; small fleshy deciduous leaves; areoles with brown glochids 0 to 3 spines; spines up to 0.6 inches long (1.5 cm)

Watering Needs:


Opuntia brasiliensis in Martius's 'Flora Brasiliensis'

Blooming Habits:
Diurnal yellow flower, up to 2.5 inches in diameter (6 cm); fruits of miscellaneous shapes or colors, these being the base of the descriptions of the synonymous species; one to 5 large seeds per fruit; each up to 0.4 inch in diameter (1 cm)

Fruiting Habits:

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