Prickly pear (Opuntia ficus-indica)

Prickly pear (Opuntia ficus-indica)

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Credit: PASCAL GOETGHELUCK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Prickly pear (Opuntia ficus-indica). This cactus is native to arid regions of North and Central America, but has been introduced to many other areas of similar climate. It is grown as a crop in such regions, where few other plants can grow. Its fruits are edible, as are its young stem segments (cladodes).

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