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Prickly Pear Cactus

Opuntia sp.


Typically have flat round paddles, fixed sharp spines and small hair like prickles that can easily detach and penetrate skin. Many grow into dense, tangled structures.


Native only to Western hemisphere. Very cold tolerant, frequently found in arid areas.


This small flowering example of the prickly pear catus was seen in Koreshan State Historic Site in one of the gardens.

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Anna Wilson
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Anna Wilson

Ft. Myers, Florida

Spotted on Mar 22, 2011
Submitted on Jul 28, 2011

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