Author: Citizen Scientists of Unixploria

  • Opuntio microdasys rufida

    In August 2019 By Citizen Scientists of Unixploria
    Kingdom:PlantaeClade:TracheophytesClade:AngiospermsClade:EudicotsOrder:CaryophyllalesFamily:CactaceaeGenus:OpuntiaSpecies:O. microdasys rufida Author: Engelmann, George (1856) Opuntia microdasys forms a dense shrub 40–60 cm tall, occasionally more, composed of pad-like stems 6–15 cm long and 4–12 cm broad. Instead of spines, it has numerous white or yellow glochids 2–3 mm long in dense clusters. They are barbed and thinner than the most delicate human hairs, detaching in large numbers upon the slightest touch. If […]
  • Monstera deliciosa

    In April 2017 By Citizen Scientists of Unixploria
    Kingdom:PlantaeClade:TracheophytesClade:AngiospermsClade:MonocotsOrder:AlismatalesFamily:AraceaeGenus:MonsteraSpecies:M. deliciosa The specific epithet deliciosa means “delicious”, referring to the edible fruit, while monstera means “monstrous”, in reference to the size that this plant can grow to, over 9 m in many cases. Its popular name as a houseplant of “Swiss cheese plant”, or just “cheese plant”, refers to the holes which develop in the leaves, being humorously compared to some Swiss cheeses […]