"Glochid? What's that?" Top 5 Page for this destination Saguaro National Park Local Custom Tip by matcrazy1

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by matcrazy1

Glochid (pronunciation: glO'kid) is a short hair, bristle, or spine having a barbed tip. Also, glochis - pronunciation: glO'kis.

Members of the Opuntia genus - including Prickly Pear Cactus on my picture - are unique because of their clusters of glochids. You can find them just above the cluster of regular spines, yellow or red in colour and detach easily from the pads.
Glochids are often not easy to see and difficult to remove, once lodged in the skin. Be careful :-)

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  • Written Sep 4, 2003
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