Opuntia, also known as nopales, or paddle cactus, are included in this genus of about 200 species of Cactaceae.
I learned at a very early age to steer clear of these at all cost. The punctures sting like heck after the needles are removed. These devils are especially dangerous if you are wandering around in the desert at night.
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Thanks to everyone with comments on Coopers Bird Bath yesterday.
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