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Nopales or Prickly Pear Cactus

Opuntia sp.


Broad-lobed cactus that produces the fruit called "Tunas" in Spanish. Some are a deep crimson and others are white. This cactus in flowering. The fruit is edible and delicious (lots of seeds though).


Tropical Forest (Dry Season) Rim Sima de Las Cotorras, near Ocozocuautla, Chiapas, Mexico.

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LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Yes, the fruit (Tunas) are always eaten. The crimson ones are really delicious.
I suppose it is a Prickly Pear in English. I'll check that out. Thanks.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Looks like 'Prickly Pear" Opuntia. Do you eat it?

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Chiapas, Mexico

Spotted on Jan 8, 2012
Submitted on Nov 19, 2012

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