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Prickly pear desert cactus flower in the Mojave desert

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Life Science, Ecology, Forestry and Agriculture, Geoscience, Science and Technology
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BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences, California State University, Fullerton
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BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences Abstract:

The prickly pear cactus is a desirable meal for many desert organisms because of its water storing capability. Cacti have no leaves which reduces water loss. However, it has many spines and thorns for shade and to keep predators from eating it.

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