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prickly300crA member of the Cactus family, the Prickly Pear is low and branching. Its segments are flattened, thick and oval-shaped with sharp spines. Its yellow flowers bloom in late spring and summer and it fruits in late summer and early fall. They produce reddish, pulpy fruits. In Rookery Bay Reserve, the Prickly Pear can be seen growing in abundance along Cat Claw Trail and in the scrub. Songbirds and small mammals shelter in their spiny den, surrounded by the plant's stems and pads, while raccoons and gopher tortoises eat the pads and fruits.

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