Prickly Pear Cactus

Vickie Emms

Anola, MB., Canada

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Photographed in Mojave Desert, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Canon EOS 60D; 18-200mm Canon Lens

The prickly pear cactus features flat pads that look like large leaves. These pads are responsible for water storage, photosynthesis, and flower production. The prickly pear cactus has large clusters of barbed spines or glochids. These glochids are yellow or red and because they are barbed, are hard to remove if they penetrate the skin. The prickly pear cactus also yields an edible fruit called “tuna.” The pads of this cactus are also edible and frequently eaten as a vegetable. The prickly pear cactus also produces yellow, red, or purple flowers. This plant ranges from 1 to 7 feet in height.
Nevada has a varied and rugged landscape, including several mountain regions and valleys, with elevations ranging from about 1,500 to more than 10,000 feet above sea level. Temperatures in Nevada can get as low as the 40s and as high as 120 degrees in the summer. The Nevada soils are very sandy and rocky, the perfect habitat for plants with a high drought tolerance. There are many beautiful cacti, trees and flowers that thrive in the dry and hot climate of this state.

Read more: Landscape Plants of Nevada | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/list_6027973_landscape-plan...

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