It should be noted that within the broader sense of Opuntia there are some sought after miniatures, particular the Tephrocactus species.
Both the photographs were taken in the Boyce-Thompson Arboretum, near Phoenix, Arizona. The unidentified species on the left shows the flower power of these plants, while the O. violacea v santa-rita shows a cristate and also, how beautifully some species colour up in good light.
Photographs by : John Ellis
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