Cactaceae (Cactus) Family
Plant is an upright, creeping (often mat-forming), perennial with spiny segments. Preferred habitat is rocky hillsides, thin sandy woods, fence rows, pastures and roadsides. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are quickly shed and thus rarely seen; small; no leaf stalk; usually less than one quarter inch; long pointed; widest at the middle; rough and downy.
Flowers are small; similar in every way to Prickly Pear; clustered at the tip of a stem of segments; bisexual; symmetrical in shape; numerous sepals and petals; yellow. Flowers occur in the spring and summer.
Fruit is a berry that turns bright red while maturing.