Prickly pear cactus
Nopal / Chumbera
Differs between species and varieties
Opuntia is a genus containing over 200 cacti species, all of which have paddle-shaped leaves and are commonly referred to as prickly pear cactus. Of the 200 species of prickly pear that grow across the Americas, only six grow in the Galapagos Islands:
- Opuntia echios
- Opuntia galapageia
- Opuntia helleri
- Opuntia insularis
- Opuntia saxicola
- Opuntia megasperma
Prickly pear cacti in Galapagos
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