AppearanceIt is a shrubby plant of up to 5 m, with fleshy shovels of 30-50 cm, yellow or orange flowers and edible fruits of red, yellow or somewhat purple.
NamingOpuntia maxima synonym: Opuntia amiclaea.
In Spanish it is known as "tunera común o chumbera".
DistributionNative to Mexico. Opuntia maxima is a species introduced in the South of Europe and Canary Islands, where it has an invasive character.
HabitatDrought-tolerant, it thrives in dry sunny environments.
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