Thursday, July 7, 2011

Katie's Cactus Friends

There are many kinds of different cacti throughout our Arizona landscapes, like saguaro, prickly pear, cholla; all different sizes, shapes, and shades of green. Though the only thing they seem to have in common is their prickly thrones (that I am sure everyone has been poked by once or twice). Once you look past the prickly exterior they bring beauty to the Arizona desert. Being an Arizona native it still excites me to see the bright flowers bloom from these prickly friends. One of my joys of working here is to see all the different kinds and learn more about this forgotten desert beauty!

Hedgehog Cactus Bloom

Hedgehog Cactus
Barrel Cactus Bloom
Barrel Cactus
Ferocactus wislizenii

Prickly Pear Cactus
Opuntia engelmannii
Prickly Pear close up

Cereus gigantia

Posted by Katie LaSure, Recreation Leader

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