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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 8 ~The Pineapple Cacti (Echinomastus)

These cacti are short, elongated globular, and almost completely covered by spines. Areoles are each on distinctive tubercles that are arranged in rows. They bloom from February to mid-March, opening shortly afternoon and remaining open until dusk. They re-open each … 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 7 ~Echinocactus

Four species of Echinocactus live in the Chihuahuan Desert, only two of which appear in the Trans-Pecos – the Eagle-Claw Cactus (Echinocactus horizontalonius) and Horse-Crippler (Echinocactus texensis). You can easily recognize them on sight. Eagle-Claw Cactus (Echinocactus horizontalonius) The Eagle-Claw … Continue reading

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Cacti Part 6 ~ The Living Rock Cactus

Ariocarpus Fissuratus The Living Rock cactus is an unusual cactus in many ways. For one thing, it is the only member of its genus living in the U.S. It lives only in the Trans-Pecos. It has no spines. It is … Continue reading

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Cacti Part 5 ~ The Echinocereus Cacti

Echinocereus Echinocereus is a genus of ribbed small to medium sized cylindrical cacti that live in very sunny, rocky places. The flowers are usually large and long lasting, and the fruit is edible. The plants are bushy with tight spines … Continue reading

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