At the base of the tube, in both groups, the ovary becomes developed into a fleshy (often edible) fruit, that produced by the Opuntia being known as the prickly pear or Indian fig.
It consists of the females of Coccus cacti, an insect of the family Coccidae of the order Hemiptera, which feeds upon various species of the Cactaceae, more especially the nopal plant, Opuntia coccinellifera, a native of Mexico and Peru.
Prickly pear is the popular name for species of Opuntia (see Cactus).
The cochineal insect is nurtured on a species of Opuntia (0.
In another group, represented by Opuntia (fig.