The glochids are the ochre-colored hairlike projections on this native prickly pear cactus, beautiful in close-up, but irritating to the touch. Very protective for the plant.
The photographs above are from the native plant garden at the Cahuilla Malki Museum. Today they had their annual Fall Gathering. Abe Sanchez and Marian Walkingstick had a native foods display. Below are two different varieties of cactus tunas which people could taste.