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 Cactus Trip through the US South West

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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Trip through the US South West   Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:07 pm

These guys seemed to be doing it hard...
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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Trip through the US South West   Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:09 pm

Speaking of "doing it hard", seems this Fero's has had a "hard lot in life"



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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Trip through the US South West   Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:10 pm

And another nice Cholla flower to finish of this stop...

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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Trip through the US South West   Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:12 pm

Our next spot gave us a lovely plant I wasn't too familiar with... It's a Coryphantha, but it's a big one ! Coryphantha recurvata.



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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Trip through the US South West   Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:14 pm

Impressive plant...these were in a small area in a state recreational reserve... not many plants either, hopefully they're left alone...

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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Trip through the US South West   Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:20 pm

Wasn't long before we were in what everyone thinks of as "real cactus country".The land of the mighty Saguaro !



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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Trip through the US South West   Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:20 pm

And we were lucky too as the plants were in flower...

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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Trip through the US South West   Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:21 pm

Plenty of them too...

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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Trip through the US South West   Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:22 pm

And good to see the future generations of giants coming on....

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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Trip through the US South West   Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:23 pm

A teenage Saguaro hangin' out with an Echinocereus friend....

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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Trip through the US South West   Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:25 pm

Classic "Cowboy movie" plants...


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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Trip through the US South West   Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:26 pm

Massive.....



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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Trip through the US South West   Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:27 pm

And flowering to boot !


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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Trip through the US South West   Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:27 pm

Closer look...

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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Trip through the US South West   Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:28 pm

And there were other things to catch your eye. Like Chollas...


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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Trip through the US South West   Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:29 pm

...with lovely green flowers...

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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Trip through the US South West   Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:30 pm

And crested Fero's !

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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Trip through the US South West   Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:31 pm

and even the occasional crested Saguaro...

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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Trip through the US South West   Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:45 pm

If you're brave enough, you can head down into southern Arizona near the Mexican border and you'll find another giant of a plant among the Saguaro. The Organ Pipe cactus, Stenocereus thurberi

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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Trip through the US South West   Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:47 pm

Rough country down here, you have to be very careful, there are border hoppers, drug smugglers and so many border patrol cars you would not believe it...

But the countryside is nice

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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Trip through the US South West   Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:48 pm

A close up look at a good sized plant....

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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Trip through the US South West   Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:49 pm

Close up of the buds...no flowers though

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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Trip through the US South West   Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:50 pm

And if you know where to look you might find a crested/monstrose plant...

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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Trip through the US South West   Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:54 pm

If you get to the Organ Pipe National monument, you can even get a glimpse of what's (mostly) just over the border as they have an example of the 'Senita' - Pachycereus schotti

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PostSubject: Re: Cactus Trip through the US South West   Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:58 pm

So heading back north into safer areas, we found what would be our last 'new' genus for the trip, and a plant I really want to see... This guy was a TOUGH one to see and find, it took us ages !

That's not a stick....That's Peniocereus greggii!



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