Dr. Ethan Natelson
natelson at pipeline.com
Wed Apr 7 18:36:51 EDT 2004
Here in Texas several years ago when we had a severe drought, the
cattle ranchers would burn the thorns off these cacti with blow torches and
use the plants as fodder. I know several species are thornless and do have
a berry-like fruit. I don't know if the yield is enough to justify
planting, however. I am sure some will comment. In general this sounds
like a plant more likely to interest California Rare Fruit members or those
interested in ornamental plants than those in NAFEX.
At 03:25 PM 4/7/2004 -0400, you wrote:
>Is anyone either involved in an Opuntia (prickly pear) interest group, or
>just plain interested? I had a request for the name of the chairperson of
>that interest group, and I don't see any record of such a group.
>Thanks for your help.
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