Some people mistake the "pads" of prickly pear type cacti as leaves. They are actually flattened stems (cladodes), and those of Brazilian Prickly Pear are attractively shiny and uniquely thin. The plant is named for Brazil but is also found in Peru, Paraguay, easatern Bolivia, and northern Argentina. It has become quite popular as a houseplant recently but we love growing it in our outside succulent container garden. It does need to be brought in for winter and kept pretty dry. This cactus can grow to more than 60' in its native lands. Be careful around them as they do come armed with lots of sharp spines.