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Prickly Pear

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This is a prickly pear cactus from my garden. It is in a pot but I leave it out all winter since it is supposed to be hardy here in Kansas. Of course with this mild winter and the steady movement north of the hardiness zones due to climate change, the plant certainly was not challenged by this last winter.

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SandCoAlmanac 2 years, 7 months ago

Very nice, Paul. Are the brown things above and behind the flower remnants of previous flowers or the beginnings of spines or what?

Paul Decelles 2 years, 7 months ago

Thanks Sand,

Those are the beginnings of spines I believe on new pads The pads of course are stems and the spines are modified from leaves. I haven't looked closely at what happens to these structures on Opuntia.

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