The prickly hearts

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Perhaps there’s a botanist out there who can explain this – why the normally oval prickly pear pads sometimes take on a heart shape.

But until we know the reason, let’s just appreciate them for what they are.

Canyon of the Eagles resort
Lake Buchanan, Texas
photographed 11.28.2014

Posted on December 13, 2014, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Well, Melinda. Here’s your answer, but it may not be any more intelligible to you than it is to me. My husband (David H. Benzing) is a biologist. I asked him if he had an answer. Here’s what he wrote: “It’s hard to explain. Technically it occurs when when the secondary thickening apical meristem of what basically is a flat stem (cladode in the case of the opuntia-type cacti) is more active than the primary apical meristem.” Told ya.

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  2. Piece of cake, really, Linda! 🙂

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  3. well that was a question I wanted an answer to, so thanks !now I know, and yes, it makes sence to me !

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  4. Do you know why it’s look like hearts??? 🙂

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