Opuntia rufida is a species of prickly pear cactus known by the common name blind prickly pear. It is native to Texas and adjacent Mexico, where it grows on limestone. The species makes up for its total lack of spines with a profusion of red-brown glochids which it sheds with abandon and are a menace to any gardener. Whether its true or not the glochids have the reputation of detaching and flying on the wind and can blind cattle.
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