A Market That’s Prickly Yet Soft Opuntia rufida-a “blind” prickly pear cactus with no spines. The “glochids” are loosely attached making it soft to the touch. Since loosely attached, they are prone to dislodge and fly in the air if bumped or shaken. Rats, mice, gophers, chipmunks, and bats all eat prickly pear cactus. Should the reddish-brown glochids get into the eyes of these animals, they can cause blindness. Hence the word “blind” in the
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