Benibana-uchiwa is endemic to the Caribbean, Central America and north South America but is naturalized in various places around the world, such as the Mediterranean, Australia, Africa and India.

When aged, it becomes shrubby to be more than 4.5m in height and the flat and round pad becomes more than 40cm in length.

Many brilliant red flowers bloom even on small stock.

Benibana-uchiwa is vigorous and durable as a grafting stock and valued.   A large columnar cactus, globose cactus and also other Prickly Pear Cactus can be successfully grafted.   Depending on the variety, it can resist -5 to -10 degrees and is useful as grafting stock for a cactus which is not resistant.

Classification: Cactaceae Opuntia
Scientific name: Opuntia bergeriana (Opuntia elatior Mill.)
Japanese name: Benibana-uchiwa
English Name: ---
Native locality: the Caribbean, Central America and north South America
Ecological description: ---
RDB : ---
Planting place: South and Central America Greenhouse
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