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Plant Form: Succulent shrub or tree.
Size: Up to 7 m tall.
Stem: Bluish-green flattened pads 30-60 cm long with no or few short spines. Also develops a sturdy trunk with age.
Leaves: Tiny, shed early on.
Flowers: Conspicuous bright yellow, orange or reddish.
Fruit and Seeds: Succulent egg to oval-shaped berries with tiny spines. May be orange, red or yellow.
Habitat: Pastures, open woodlands, grasslands, rocky slopes.
Distinguishing Features: Drooping prickly pear (Opuntia monacantha) generally has spines on its pads, and Common prickly pear (*O. stricta) is lower growing.