Opuntia

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Opuntia (ō·pn·shē·),

n a genus of cacti;
Opuntia vulgaris is used as a remedy in homeopathic medicine.

Opuntia

American plant genus in family Cactaceae; spines cause stomatitis; called also prickly pear.
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The dog wrangled with the javelinas, which eventually took him to the ground, where he fell into a patch of cholla cactus.
From scouting before the season, I knew that two big bucks lived in this pasture, and both often bedded alone in the shade of cholla cactus at midday.
My favorite example is the second stop on the Cholla Cactus Garden Trail, an easy 1/4-mile loop accessible from Pinto Basin Road.
In Arizona, mesquite, palo verde, cholla cactus, and prickly pear replaced native grasses, spreading the scrub habitat javelinas prefer in the United States and Mexico.
The animals feed on desert grasses and shrubs, plus whatever other vegetation they can find--even the fiercely spiny cholla cactus.
Keep the park service brochure handy and you'll be able to identify the saguaro's neighbors in this world - cactuses such as prickly pear, hedgehog, fish hook barrel; scrubby plants such as creosote bush, mesquite, ocotillo; and more varieties of cholla cactus than you could have imagined exist: chainfruit, teddy bear, pencil, buckhorn.
Gary Nabhan, Native Seeds/SEARCH cofounder and researcher, discovered that many traditional Southwest foods--such as tepary beans and cholla cactus buds--help prevent and control diabetes among Native Americans in the region.