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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Cactus Hunt

Scene in B&W
This morning the Heelers and I made a special trip back to the cactus I photographed yesterday because I wanted to see its flower in full display.  I was out of luck in that the blossom hadn't fully opened, requiring, I'm afraid, a revisit tomorrow morning.

I think I've properly ID'd the plant as Green Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus, though it looks somewhat like the Robust Hedgehog Cactus; the latter's range, however, extends only into a small area of southwest New Mexico.

Willow, Frio and I had a good trek this morning, though a bit shorter than yesterday's hike.  We were fine with the length, though, because it was feeling quite toasty out there by the time we finished up.
Almost the same scene in color

This and the next 2:  Littleleaf Ratany (Krameria erecta)



Lone mesquite on the side of Tortugas Mountain

Across the Mesilla Valley

Heading for the arroyo

Soaptree Yucca putting up a flower stalk

Heelers in the arroyo

This and the next:  Soaptree Yucca with new flower stalk


This and the next:  exploring this arroyo


Another Soaptree with flower stalk

The cactus I went searching for

Flower looks like a cross between Strawberry Hedgehog and Nipple Beehive

I think it's Green Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus

Echinocereus enneacanthus

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

I can see why it's called a Green Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus--it really looks like a greenish strawberry. What a discovery this is. I love the color of the blossom.

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