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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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