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Prickly Pear Pad Internal Structure 3923

The most common cactus in Austin is the prickly pear, Opuntia engelmannii var. lindheimeri, which has appeared here a bunch of times. When one of these cacti dies and dries out, the “skin” of each pad disintegrates and reveals the intricate structure inside.

This photograph comes from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on March 19th.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 29, 2014 at 5:57 AM

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