Category Archives: cacti

Cochineal

Several years ago in an article on prickly pears I mentioned the most famous of prickly pear parasites, the Cochineal bug. A specially-bred strain of this tiny insect produced the brightest, most permanent red dye in the world. In time, … Continue reading

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Desert Night-Blooming Cereus

Peniocereus gregii. Considered rare in this area, the Desert Night Blooming Cereus is difficult to photograph. The blossoms open only once, after dark, and close at first light. Moreover, because this cactus cannot support its own weight, it always grows … Continue reading

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Greybeard Cactus

Echinocereus viridiflorus var canus. The very rare cactus lives only in the Big Bend Ranch State Park and only on a few hills inside the Solitario, a circular geological formation famous among geologist around the world. Its white spines and … Continue reading

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