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Prickly Pear Cactus with Fruits
Opuntia Engelmannii photographed in Red Rocks, Nevada.

The pads of Prickly Pear Cactus are actually rapidly-growing flattened stems.
The sap from the pads can be used in first aid similar to the aloe vera plant.
When the blooms fade, edible fruits begin to form.

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Anya JingleSubmitted by Anya Jingle
on Apr 17, 2007 10:46 pm

Image ID: 286163
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Lat/Lon: 32.84000°N / 113.91°W
Object Title: Prickly Pear Cactus with Fruits

Image Type(s): Flora