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Angels Wings

Opuntia microdasys

Description:

The flowers are up to 2 inches (5 cm) across and have broad, yellow tepals (petals and petal-like sepals), yellow anthers, and dark green stigma lobes. The flowers are followed by round to egg-shaped, red to purplish, spineless but glochid-dotted fruits. The stems are green, erect to sprawling, and segmented into numerous thin, flat, round to egg-shaped pads. The stem pads lack regular spines but are polka-dotted with yellow, white, or red-brown glochids (micro-spines) at each aureole. The flowers emerge from the top edges of the pads.

Habitat:

Desert, upland

Notes:

While this cactus looks like it's covered in fuzzy "polka dots" they are actually clusters of spines that can be very hard to remove because they are so tiny! When in bloom, this cactus is a favorite of bees :)

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4 Comments

catgrin
catgrin 9 years ago

Thanks Marilyn :)

MarilynCouture
MarilynCouture 9 years ago

Beautiful photos!

catgrin
catgrin 9 years ago

Thanks!

RachelHibberd
RachelHibberd 9 years ago

Beautiful

catgrin
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catgrin

Rolling Hills Estates, California, USA

Spotted on May 24, 2012
Submitted on May 24, 2012

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