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Cacti Part 10 ~ Queen of the Night (Peniocereus gregii)

This sprawling, stick-like plant cannot stand upright on its own, so it uses the stems of other plants, such as Creosote, for support. In the wild, the dull gray-green stems look like dead sticks and go largely unnoticed even by … Continue reading

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Cacti Part 9 ~ Glory of Texas (Thelocactus bicolor)

The Glory of Texas cactus is another species that is the only one in its genus living in the Trans-Pecos. It is widely regarded as having the most beautiful blossom of all the cacti in Texas, a view with which … Continue reading

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Cacti Part 9 ~ Button Cacti

This small genus contains only 2–4 species, two of which live in the Trans-Pecos. Both are small, globose plants ranging from ½–1½ inches in diameter. Both contain toxins that protect them from being eaten. Common Button Cactus (Epithelantha micromeris) The … Continue reading

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Cacti Part 3 ~ The Mammillarias

The genus Mammillaria is one of the largest genera in the cactus family encompassing around 200 known species and varieties. All Mammillaria are round (globose) or cylindrical , and all that live in the Trans-Pecos are small, rarely exceeding 4–8 … Continue reading

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Cacti Part 2 ~ Prickly Pears

The Opuntiodeae Not so very long ago, all cacti were just that – cacti. Sure, there were various tribes, but still, all was one big family. Alas, this is no longer the case. Those uppity Opuntia’s have gone and gotten … Continue reading

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Cacti of the Trans-Pecos

Checklist of cacti in Texas’ Chihuahuan Desert parks. Continue reading

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Osage Orange Trees in the Desert

Osage Orange trees are unexpected in the desert, but they are here. Continue reading

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More New Arrivals

Botanizers are a bit like birders. They’ll go to great lengths to see a particular plant. This year, West Texas is a paradise for botanizers. Since we are having such a fine year out here, I’m adding wildflower photos as … Continue reading

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Photography in the Big Bend Ranch State Park

Each season of the year holds its own set of wonders and draws visitors from all walks of life: tourists, hikers, campers, naturalists, and sports enthusiasts. Photographers love it, too. Fall and winter are perhaps the most popular seasons, when … Continue reading

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