golden pricklypear Cactaceae Opuntia aurea
Leaf:Reduced to a spine (but spines are often absent), usually single; areoles approximately 1 1/2 inch apart.
Flower:Yellow, or pink, 2 inches across, late spring to early summer, born along the edges of the joints.
Fruit:Barrel-shaped, fleshy, unarmed, tan to gray, 1 inch, maturing late summer.
Twig:Segmented, each segment broad and flat, oval to round in shape, to 6 inches long and less than one inch thick, often described as a "beaver tail", gray-green.
Form:Shrubby, to a height of 1 1/2 feet, forming 4 foot wide clumps.