Saturday, March 28, 2009

Bunny Ears or Prickly Pear Cactus?

This type of cactus is what we call the Bunny cactus. When you look at the different shapes, you can see bunny ears and poses such as the bunny looking or holding still or even standing. The cactus is actually called Opuntia Microdasys.  

I, of course, like the ones with the red and yellow glochids. Glochids are the small, thin, loose cactus spines, which are barbed and detach from the plant if touched or, as I have discovered with this particular cactus, the slightest movement. White glochids, like the ones in the photo, do not have fibers float so easily and, therefore, it is recommended around children to buy this type of cactus with white glochids.  

Once I made the mistake of not wearing leather gloves when carrying this very pretty bright green prickly pear cactus to a spot in my yard to be planted. Apparently, it was this type of prickly pear with red and yellow glochids that the cactus fibers just fall off it like glitter, with barely a touch or any movement. They were all over my clothes, hair and skin. They were obnoxious and annoying for several days as they seeped into my skin, eyes, and blood stream and then they just disappear.   Irritating for a few days, but the red glochids are so much prettier.

25 comments:

brattcat said...

Wow. There should be a medal for 'bravery above and beyond the call of duty in the garden'.

Vogon Poet said...

My son, whe he was a kid, called it Mickey Mouse's ears ("orecchie di Topolino" in italian).
I agree with brattcat about the medal...

cieldequimper said...

LOL! Nice one!

Clueless in Boston said...

I agree with VP that they look like Mickey Mouse ears.

Ash said...

@Vogon Poet : Mickey Mouse ears!! Haha - perfect :-)

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Julie,
You forgot to mention one of the other lessons that my garden chores during years of living in Arizona taught me. If you wear gardening gloves, which is the lesson of your post today, sometimes the cactus fibers get stuck in your gloves and you encounter them for months thereafter.

Jacob said...

I love the way you catches the cactuses!

I do remember these. Aren't they very sticky, too?

So many cacti, so little time.

Great shot, Julie!

Antjas said...

When I was very young, I made the mistake of thinking it looked like a lollipop and licked it. I think there are still a few stickies on my tongue.

Jarart said...

They fool a person by looking so soft and fuzzy. NOT!

Sharon said...

Vogon Poet said exactly what I was thinking. Tucked away at my house somewhere is a photo I took many years ago of a prckly-pear cactus that had the exact "Mickey Mouse" shape to it. For many years I had that photo framed next to a picture of me standing with a real Mickey Mouse character inside the gates of Disneyland.

Bath Daily Photo Blog said...

Obviously we don't get cactus here in Bath... and if we did I would be concerned about global warming. We do have a few in the house though! Love this!

Antjas said...

My mom had a tiny cactus in the house and my brother must have put me up to it. A medal of stupidity is more like it.

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Marie said...

I learned two new English words in your post. We have those too but not in our gardens, just in pots in our houses :-)) Do they give fruit like the common opuntia we have here (in the "wild").

Joy said...

For some reason, I see Mickey Mouse among the cacti.

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MaCoBra said...

I had the same thought, it also could be called the mickey mouse cactus... :)

Tricia said...

It really does look like bunnies! Neat! hehehe

Jim said...

These are the kind I see around here, normally on the sides of highways or in fields. I didnt know the fibers were such a pain. I will have to make sure I keep my distance.

Reparto corse n. 6 said...

great shots, i like them.
ciao from italy
anthony

april said...

You're right, they lok exactly like bunny ears. Very nice for Easter, but don't touch.

Snapshutter said...

I didn't realize cactus can be that insidious. At least they're not poisonous, right?

Jilly said...

Oh yes, I can identify with your problem with the larger opuntia. I did the same. My neighbour puts the fruit into a bag with rice and she believes shaking it about will remove the spines from the fruit. Not so sure about that tho.

Tash said...

It's just a lovely photo, Julie - you got its best side! The worst experience we had was with teddy-bear cholla (at Organ Pipe Cactus NP) - those little end hooks will just not let go.

JM said...

I also love these! Unfortunatelly they grow too much and I had to get rid off the several species I kept on my balcony...

susieofarabia said...

I love to look at them, photograph and paint them, but I don't get near enough to touch them!

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