Opuntia is the largest genus of cacti. Most of the desirable species have cylindrical stems instead of the flat pads that most people associate with Opuntias. Has glochids, that have barbs that penetrate skin and are difficult to remove.
Opuntia Polyacantha grows up to 16 feet tall. It forms low mats of erect or spreading pads. The succulent green pads are oval or circular.
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