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Prickly Pear Cactus

Prickly Pear Cactus

Many animals in the Galápagos including finches, iguanas, doves, and tortoises eat Prickly Pear cactus. The cactus has flat, jointed stems covered with small stiff hairs. The yellow flowers turn into orange-red, thorn-covered fruit.

There are 14 separate types of Prickly Pear that grow all over North and South America in places like Baja California and in the Galápagos Islands.

(Photo: © Brian Vikander/Corbis)

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