Monday, November 15, 2010

Prickly Pear Cactus Flower

Prickly Pear Cactus
Opuntia monacantha
(op-UN-shee-a) (mon-ah-KANTH-uh)
Synonyms: Palma-Brava, Opuntia

This beauty was blooming off the trail at the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden on Catalina Island. The colors were pretty fantastic and it was the only cactus out of hundreds that I saw blooming.

We are flying back to the cold and dark Northeast today. It will be nice to be back home. I really miss the dogs and it will be great to see them.


Christine said...

Very nice shot. I'm glad you found it among all those non-blooming cacti!

lotusleaf said...

Beautiful picture.

pgogo said...

The cactus flower are one of the most beautiful flowers. I have one at home and i still wait the flower to grow...