As Man and I travel into new and uncharted (for us) territory, we are eager to learn about the new flora we are finding. This is a form of Cholla. A sign on another cholla plant in the park gave its technical name as opuntia imbricata or the furniture cholla.
If I have this right (still learning), this is NOT the flower, which is a vivid hot pink, as you can see here. This is considered the fruit, which are dry and not tasty. Here's hoping we can see the flowering version in the spring.
Butterfly and Queen's Crown
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