Plains pricklypear Cactaceae Opuntia polyacantha
Leaf:Reduced to a spine, up to 2 1/2 inches, areoles approximately 1 1/2 inch apart, white to yellow-brown, may completely cover the segments.
Flower:Yellow, pink or red, 2 inches across, late spring to early summer, born along the edges of the joints.
Fruit:Barrel-shaped, fleshy, unarmed or armed with very short spines, yellow-green ripening to purple, to 1 1/2 inches, 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 2 feet, forming 4 foot wide clumps.