• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Seed Study - Opuntia sp.

Opuntia sp. - Prickly Pear

Opuntia sp. - Prickly Pear

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Species: Opuntia sp.
Common name: prickly pear

Seedling identification: Cotyledons are succulent in appearance, and brownish in color. Spines are obvious once the stem starts to emerge.

 

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Natural Entrance of Wind Cave

Winds caused by changes in barometric pressure are what give Wind Cave its name. These winds have been measured at the cave's walk-in entrance at over 70 mph. The winds at the natural entrance of the cave attracted the attention of Native Americans and early settlers.