Cacti, Opuntia, on Galapagos Islands

Cacti, Opuntia, on Galapagos Islands

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Credit: JOHN BEATTY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cacti. View of large cacti (Opuntia sp. ) growing amongst volcanic rocks on the Galapagos Islands. These Opuntia cacti have thick brown trunks with several rounded fleshy green joints covered in spines. Cactus spines are modified leaves which protect the plant from herbivores and reduce moisture loss associated with normal plant leaves. Cacti are an example of succulent plants; those that can store water in swollen tissues and survive in desert regions. Photographed on Barrington Island, one of the Galapagos Islands, an archipelago belonging to Ecuador which lies some 1000 kilometres west of South America.

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Keywords: arid adapted, botany, cactus, ecuador, galapagos, galapagos islands, island, nature, opuntia, opuntia sp., plant, succulent, succulent plants, type

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