Why are cactus prickly?

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The spines of the cactus are actually their leaves. They are so sharp and prickly to reduce the amount of surface area so they don't lose too much water in their native arid climates.
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How are prickly cactus adapted to its habitat?

cacti can store tons of water in their stem, and bacause they have a waxy outer coating, the water doesn't leak out. cacti also have really sharp needles to protect them from

How can the prickly pear cactus be used?

Prickly pear cactus [ Opuntia spp ] can be used for artistic purposes , as models for paintings and pottery. It can be used for conservation of soil and of water. Its roo

Where do you find the prickly pear cactus?

The prickly pear cactus [Opuntia spp] is found in North and Latin America . It grows as far north as Canada. It grows as far south as Argentina and Chile. It's a desert cactu

Where did the prickly pear cactus originate?

The prickly pear cactus [ Opuntia spp ] originated in North America . Its native environment runs from central and western Mexico, northward through the United States of Am
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Is the Prickly Pear Cactus poisonous?

No, it is not: Native Americans have been using it for centuries (that we know of). Please click on the related link below for more info:
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Where is prickly pear cactus found?

Prickly pear cacti are found throughout nearly the entire UnitedStates bu are most common in arid and semiarid regions of the west.