A prickly pear cactus (Opuntia) flower in full bloom

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A prickly pear cactus (Opuntia) flower in full bloom
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Currently, only prickly pears (also known as nopal or nopales; see below) are included in this genus of about 200[1] species distributed throughout most of the Americas. Chollas are now separated into the genus Cylindropuntia, which some still consider a subgenus of Opuntia. Austrocylindropuntia, Corynopuntia and Micropuntia are also often included in the present genus, but like Cylindropuntia they seem rather well distinct. Brasiliopuntia and Miqueliopuntia are closer relatives of Opuntia. The most commonly culinary species is the Indian Fig Opuntia (O. ficus-indica). Most culinary uses of the term 'prickly pear' refer to this species.
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico. United States.