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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 of the Trans-Pecos

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

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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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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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Cacti of the Big Bend Ranch State Park

Seeing a particular cactus in bloom can be difficult. Some cacti have very short blooming periods. Others are endemic to restricted areas. Some may bloom sporadically, for only a few days, or only at night. Knowing roughly when they bloom … Continue reading

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