The Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) is a perennial flowering plant in the Cactaceae family. It is also known as the Indian Fig Opuntia.
It grows up to 5 metres (16 feet) tall.
It has large green pads, called cladodes or platyclades, with long, thin spines and hair-like prickles called glochids.
The fruit is a berry that ranges from green to deep red.
The Prickly Pear Cactus flowers are spiral-shaped solitary flowers in white, yellow, or red.
It blooms from May to August in the Northern Hemisphere.
Photographed in Larnaca, Cyprus and Tbilisi, Georgia.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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