Jewel of the Lowland Cacti
May of 2012 the temperatures have been so warm, creating a profusion of blooms with the Prickly Pear Cactus. The Prickly Pear or Opuntia is a member of the Cactaceae family. It is the most cold-tolerant and wide spread of the lowland cacti, with the genus name derived from the ancient Greek city of Opus.
Growing in dense clusters, the flower blooms from the tip of the cactus nodule, which will ripen into a delicious red fruit called "tuna". Care must be taken to harvest the fruit because the Prickly Pear has two defense systems: long sharp spines and smaller hair like projections, "glochids” which stick to anything that comes near.
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