Many desert plants thrive in Hawaii. We have a moderate climate: not too hot, not too cold — and moderate rainfall: not too much, not too little. They also like the volcanic soil, rich in nutrients, but high in sand and rock content, so the roots don’t get damp rot.
Prickly Pear Cactus and Koa Haole Tree
I took this photo while standing upright as close to the barrel of this thing as I cared to get.
This is a shot from a different angle and a bit closer to the cactus.
Close up of a decaying pad. What you see remaining is the vascular tissue.
(Science lesson courtesy of OC.)
A close up of the cactus flowers from below.
About a quarter mile down the road is a much shorter cactus.
If you don’t just remember the shot from the Alphabet Challenge,
you may see a photo of it’s blossom, here.