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Plant Form: Upright spreading succulent shrub.
Size: 50 cm to 2 m tall.
Stem: Dull bluish or greyish-green pads. Flattened. Egg-shaped. With bumps (areoles) which have 1-5 cm long spines and brownish, wooly bristles.
Leaves: Reduced, scale-like, short lived.
Flowers: Yellow 5-8 cm across, with greenish or pinkish markings on petals.
Fruit and Seeds: Round to pear-shaped 4-5 cm long. Green ripenining to reddish-purple and with a whitish waxy covering when mature.
Habitat: Grasslands, woodlands, shrublands, forests, dunes, roadsides, agricultural land.
Distinguishing Features: Indian fig (Opuntia ficus-indica) grows taller and has larger pads, Velvet tree pear (O. tomentosa) is more hairy, and Smooth tree pear (O. monacantha) tends to have a more droopy appearance.