How do cacti have sex? 

You might think the answer is “very care­fully”, but in the case of Opuntia fra­gilis, it turns out to be “not at all”. 
Considering its aver­sion to repro­duc­tion, one won­ders how the brittle prickly pear man­ages to con­tinue the spe­cies? The fra­gil­ity of its pads provides its sur­vival mech­an­ism. The pads break off eas­ily, and this is actu­ally the main way they move around. See: http://​goo​.gl/​8​W​SCX 

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