Why are cactus prickly?
There are many theories around this, but it is probably for protection..
Human eat the prickly pear on the cactus! its quite tasty!
pull it out by the roots. even like that it can still live, so cut up the roots and sements into multiple pieces
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 …predators.
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…ts feed the underground soil food web, hold soil together, and identify sources of precious water. The cactus can be used for food . It has edible, flavorful berries. Its paddle like branches also can be eaten, peeled and boiled as Mexico's famous nopalitos. The cactus can be used for landscape interest . It gives color, scent, and shape to a bright, drab, dry, harsh, monotonous environment. The cactus can be used for money making endeavors . It's the host plant to cochineal insects [ Dactylopius coccus ] whose interaction yields a prized dye. And the cactus can be used for shade .
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…s. So the niches in which it's found within its native range are those that tend to offer warmer, drier living conditions.
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…erica, and into Canada. In the United States, its native range includes the desert southwest, the dry northwest, the drier low elevations of the Rocky Mountains, and the Great Plains. In Canada, the prickly pear cactus is found only in the province of Ontario, at Point Pelee National Park and on the southern tip of Pelee Island. . Additionally, the cactus is perceived as forming western populations, as identified above; and eastern populations, which include the Canadian locations, also identified above. In addition to southwestern Ontario, the eastern prickly pear population includes the eastern United States, from Wisconsin eastwards through New England, and southwards down through Texas and Florida.
They just drink water like any other plant.
thick and waxy skin, spiky leaves, flexible stem and shallow roots.
yea it is vascular
Remove it from the soil by removing the plant from the main roots.
A pancake prickly pear is 7 feet tall.
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:
The pads and fruit of the prickly pear cactus are edible. The fruit can be peeled and eaten raw. However, many experts suggest that the fruit is best when it is made into cand…y, jelly, juice, or wine. It is also available dried or in extract form.
A member of the Cactaceae (or cactus) family, prickly pear cactus, also known as nopal, grows in the United States, Mexico, and South America. It also flourishes in Africa, Au…stralia, and the Mediterranean.
High in amino acids (building blocks of proteins and highly bioactive, generally), prickly pear cactus is said to be high in fiber, B vitamins, magnesium , and iron .