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Offline nita

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Desert Cactus
« on: March 24, 2012, 07:56:46 PM »
Has there been enough rain to persuade the cactus to bloom? Wish someone would post photos!

Offline Hoodoo

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Re: Desert Cactus
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2012, 01:09:38 PM »
Has there been enough rain to persuade the cactus to bloom? Wish someone would post photos!

The prickly pear were just beginning to bud over spring break. They will probably bloom in April.


Did not see a single Yucca in bloom anywhere.

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Offline ambersdad

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Re: Desert Cactus
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2012, 01:36:44 PM »
In 2010 I went the 1st weekend of April and a lot of cactus were blooming.  Even saw blooms on cactus in the Chisos.  I can scrape of a few photos if you want. ;)

I'm going in 2 weeks and hope to see more blooms this trip.

Offline jim2

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Re: Desert Cactus
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2012, 04:05:31 PM »
it's not a cactus    but they are pretty a solo

Offline Al

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Re: Desert Cactus
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2012, 05:05:59 PM »
it's not a cactus    but they are pretty a solo

Looks like an Ariocarpus fissuratus from here, which is a cactus.

Al

Offline jim2

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Re: Desert Cactus
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2012, 05:57:43 PM »
al, you couldn't be more correct. it's on the cover of the booklet, Cactuses of BBNP. !

Offline jim2

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Re: Desert Cactus
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2012, 06:01:21 PM »
Nita that's the only cactus shot i have. how about some other plants blooming?

Offline ambersdad

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Re: Desert Cactus
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2012, 07:36:01 PM »
OK, not really in the desert, but found this along the Boulder Meadow Trail near one of the campsites.

Claret Cup.


Opuntia along the Old Ore Road.
« Last Edit: March 25, 2012, 07:56:15 PM by ambersdad »

Offline Flash

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Re: Desert Cactus
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2012, 08:03:51 PM »
Saw this not-yet-blooming one March 14th on Marufo Vega Trail along the South Fork near the Split Rock site:


Anyone know what it is called?  :eusa_eh:

Offline ambersdad

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Re: Desert Cactus
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2012, 08:47:27 PM »
Flash,

I would guess that it's Turk's Head "Echinocactus horizonthalonius".  The growth pattern on that plant is not normal, but the spines look right.

Offline Flash

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Re: Desert Cactus
« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2012, 09:51:46 PM »
Cool, thanks!  :icon_cool:

Here's another I saw along the MV... they seem to grow out the sides of rocky outcrops!  :eusa_doh:


Unfortunately, none were blooming that I encountered...  :icon_rolleyes:

 

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