Pancake Prickly Pear
Photographed in the Wickenburg Mountains, Yavapai County, Arizona, USA. The image is hosted at higher resolution on the Wikimedia Project.
SHRUB:This prickly pear usually grows upright from a single
stem/trunk and exceptional specimens can reach 2
Cactaceae -- Cactus Family
Vulture Mountains sw of Wickenburg, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA. Look closely and see two nymphs of the leaf-footed bug Narnia, which penetrate the fruit with a long proboscis to feed upon the developing seeds.
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Michael J. Plagens, page created 2 March 2009,
updated 24 Aug. 2016.