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From Missouri Conservationist: Jun 2004
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Desert Dweller

image of prickly pear cactusPrickly pear cactus blooms from May to July in dry areas, including glades, roadsides and open hillsides, in south and central Missouri. What looks like paddle-shaped leaves on the plant are actually thick stems. Prickly pear's tiny leaves, guarded by spines and hairlike bristles, are distributed over the stem's surface. -- Jim Rathert

This Issue's Staff

Editor - Tom Cwynar
Managing Editor - Bryan Hendricks
Art Director - Ara Clark
Artist - Dave Besenger
Artist - Mark Raithel
Photographer - Jim Rathert
Photographer - Cliff White
Staff Writer - Jim Low
Staff Writer - Joan McKee
Circulation - Laura Scheuler