prickly pear cactus


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prickly pear cactus

(prik'le par kak'tis)
The fruit of any of the cacti of the genus Opuntia, native to and a staple food in Mexico and Central America.
Synonym: nopal
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Interaction of diffuse competition and insect herbivory in limiting brittle prickly pear cactus, Opuntia fragilis (Cactaceae).
Through pruning, the maximum height of the prickly pear cactus plant is kept at 1.
The prickly pear cactus also was used as emergency livestock feed in the desert, though it required a laborious process of singeing or rubbing with abrasives to remove the spines that would otherwise injure or even kill cattle.
Vegetation in the plots included blackbrush (Acacia rigidula), guajillo (Acacia berlandieri), honey mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa), Texas prickly pear cactus (Opuntia engelmannii), tasajillo (Opuntia leptocaulis), strawberry cactus (Echinocereus enneacanthus), cenizo (Leucophyllum frutescens), guayacan (Guaiacum angustifolium), leather stem (Jatropha dioica), lotebush (Ziziphus obtusifolia), Spanish dagger (Yucca treculeana), and other species.
The pricky pear cactus may become a herbal superstar if Ran Kniskinsky, a professional health researcher, has anything to say about it: his Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine: Treatments For Diabetes, Cholesterol, And The Immune System points out this plant has long been a stable in diets and has been used as a remedy for many common ailments for a long time.
What they say: Prickly pear cactus (nopales) regulates blood sugar when its fruit is eaten daily.
The new study examined another herbal remedy, an extract from the fruit of the prickly pear cactus (Opuntia ficus indica).
At lunch, Otte identified native food sources that sprouted near us, among them prickly pear cactus, red Toyon berries, lemondeberry.
It is difficult for many of today's westerners to comprehend that, before Lewis and Clark, the nation had no knowledge of prairie dogs nor grizzly bears, did not know of now-familiar plants, including big sagebrush and prickly pear cactus.
There aren't many places where you can see prickly pear cactus and redwood trees growing along the same trail, but that's what you'll find in Soberanes canyon.
Previously it used only the prickly pear cactus as a host.
Cactus Juice Insect Protection provides SPF-20 sunscreen and fights bug bites with a natural blend of prickly pear cactus extracts, emollients, and moisturizers.