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Opuntia stricta

Basic information
Scientific name Opuntia stricta (No picture)
Common names Araluen pear, erect prickly pear
Higher taxon Cactaceae, Caryophyllales, Magnoliopsida, Magnoliophyta
Natural range N America, C America, S America, Bermuda, Cuba, etc.
Habitat Tropical and subtropical farmland, disturbed habitat, urban area, grassland, shrub, riverside, seaside, etc.
Invasion information
Range in Japan Not established in Japan. Some other congeners are established in several areas. Range in Japan
Route Deliberate: Genus Opuntia is often planted as ornament.
Impact Potentially: Competition with native plants.
Native organism(s) affected: Native plants.
Regulation in Japan
Introduced range in other countries Eritrea, Yemen, Portugal, Spain, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Australia, New Caledonia, Solomon Is., etc.
Reference Notes
  • DECO (ed) (2006) Dictionary of Alien Species. Tokyo-Shoseki. (in Jpn)
  • ISSG. Global Invasive Species Database (GISD) (Accessed on 2010-12-15)
  • JWRC (ed) (2008) A Photographic Guide to the Invasive Alien Species in Japan. Heibonsha. (in Jpn)
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