Opuntias surrounded by Sesuvium plants Apparently there are four species of Opuntia growing on the Galapagos Islands, but there seems to be some confusion about the correct taxonomy.

Photograph by : John Briscoe

Opuntia echiosOpuntia sp. These two plants appear to be distinct species, the one on the left being O. echios (or O. galapageia v echios), the one on the right is unidentified but is probably O. galapageia or one of its varieties.

Photographs by : John Briscoe

Tree-sized Opuntias The Opuntias can grow very large, tree-like in fact, as can be seen on the small island in the background of this picture.

Photograph by : John Briscoe


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