Prickly Pear Cacti Flower
Prickly pear cacti are abundance in the West and Southwest of the United States and throughout much of Mexico. They have two kinds of spines. Large, smooth, fixed spines and small, hairlike spines. The small spines easily penetrate skin and detach from the plant.
Prickly pear represent about a dozen species of the Opuntia genus (Family Cactaceae) All have flat, fleshy pads. The fruits of most prickly pears are edible and sold in stores under the name “tuna.” Prickly pear branches (the pads) are also cooked and eaten as a vegetable.
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