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Art Show: Flower of the Month: Cactus

Prickly Pear

by Christopher Boswell

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Art: Prickly Pear by Artist Christopher Boswell
Prickly Pear Cactus Genus Opuntia

Prickly pear cactus represent about a dozen species of the Opuntia genus (Family Cactaceae) in the North American deserts. All have flat, fleshy pads that look like large leaves. The pads are actually modified branches or stems that serve several functions -- water storage, photosynthesis and flower production. Chollas are also members of the Opuntia genus but have cylindrical, jointed stems rather than flat pads.

This one is located in Big Bend National Park in West Texas. The Chisos Mountains rise nearly 8,000 feet up in the distance.Thank you for viewing this piece!

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