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Opuntia Subfamily: Opuntioideae Tribe: Opuntieae

Opuntieae genus is named for the Ancient Greek city of Opus, where, according to Theophrastus, an edible plant grew which could be propagated by rooting its leaves.

Like all cactus species, prickly pears are native only to the Americas, but they have been introduced to other parts of the world.

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