Opuntia microdasys var. pallida f. crestata
Synonyms: Opuntia microdasys var. pallida, Opuntia microdasys var. crestata
Common Name: wavy bunny ears
Origin: The wavy bunny ears forma of Opuntia microdasys is nursery produced and does not exist in the wild. However, the straight species originates from Mexico, where it is widespread in desert hills and uplands, at elevations from 1,700 to 2,100 meters above sea level.
Description: Opuntia microdasys var. pallida f. crestata is a low branching succulent that forms dense clumps. Differing from the straight species, the wavy bunny ears forma produces pads that are distinctively shaped, with widening and twisted cladodes, and bright yellow glochids. From mid to late spring, equally brilliant yellow flowers may form, although blooming is rare in cultivation. Flowers will be followed by red fruits.
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