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Echinocactus grusonii, Ferocactus wislizeni, and palo verde
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

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Ferocactus wislizeni / Fishhook barrel cactusDesert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

Ferocactus wislizeni / Fishhook barrel cactus
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

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Cylindropuntia x campii / Red Teddy Bear chollaDesert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
This cholla is a cross of C. acanthocarpa and C. biglovii - pretty great color, right?

Cylindropuntia x campii / Red Teddy Bear cholla
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

This cholla is a cross of C. acanthocarpa and C. biglovii - pretty great color, right?

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Echinocactus grusonii with Aloe 'Blue Elf' / Golden Barrel cactus and Blue Elf aloeDesert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

Echinocactus grusonii with Aloe 'Blue Elf' / Golden Barrel cactus and Blue Elf aloe
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

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Aloe tree / Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
I try not to get jealous about plants that I couldn’t possibly keep healthy in my garden, but when I run across these monster aloe trees, oh man …

Aloe tree / Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

I try not to get jealous about plants that I couldn’t possibly keep healthy in my garden, but when I run across these monster aloe trees, oh man …

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Cylindropuntia echinocarpa / Silver ChollaDesert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
Silver cholla, Cylindropuntia echinocarpa, is quite a variable species - ranging from three to seven feet in height throughout its range of California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah - but it is most recognizable by the density of its spines. It is distinguishable from C. biglovii by its longer segment length and from C. whipplei by different range.

Cylindropuntia echinocarpa / Silver Cholla
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

Silver cholla, Cylindropuntia echinocarpa, is quite a variable species - ranging from three to seven feet in height throughout its range of California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah - but it is most recognizable by the density of its spines. It is distinguishable from C. biglovii by its longer segment length and from C. whipplei by different range.

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Agave victoriae-reginae / Queen Victoria agaveDesert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

Agave victoriae-reginae / Queen Victoria agave
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

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3,550 posts. 1,971 followers. Seriously, that blows my mind. 

I need to do a giveaway …

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Ferocactus emoryi ssp. rectispinus / Straight-spined barrel cactusDesert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
Ferocactus emoryi ssp. rectispinus is native to central Baja California, Mexico, being found near the coast in Bahía de la Concepción and inland in the Cerro Colorado.
The plants are viciously guarded by ants that feed on the nectar which allows only flighted pollinators the opportunity to access the plants ensuring greater genetic diversity.
 

Ferocactus emoryi ssp. rectispinus / Straight-spined barrel cactus
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

Ferocactus emoryi ssp. rectispinus is native to central Baja California, Mexico, being found near the coast in Bahía de la Concepción and inland in the Cerro Colorado.

The plants are viciously guarded by ants that feed on the nectar which allows only flighted pollinators the opportunity to access the plants ensuring greater genetic diversity.

 

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Parkinsonia microphylla / Foothill Palo Verde
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

I have seen a few other specimens of palo verde trees elsewhere, but they were especially beautiful around Phoenix. Native to the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts of California and Arizona, all palo verde trees feature an important adaptation: their bark is green due to the presence of chlorophyll, which allows them to photosynthesize even if they drop their leaves

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nest / Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

nest / Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

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Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

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Cylindropuntia fulgida var. fulgida / Chain-fruit or jumping cholla
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

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Grusonia invicta / Dagger chollaDesert Botanical Garden, PhoenixAlso classified as Opuntia invicta by some, Dagger cholla is native to central Baja California in the Vizcaíno Desert region. Some of its other common names include Casa Rata and Devil Cholla, the latter because it provides protection for small animals.
In the wild, G. invicta shares parts of its range with Echinocereus brandegei and E. hancockii - all of which look quite similar. Is there an adaptive value to this convergence? 

Grusonia invicta / Dagger cholla
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

Also classified as Opuntia invicta by some, Dagger cholla is native to central Baja California in the Vizcaíno Desert region. Some of its other common names include Casa Rata and Devil Cholla, the latter because it provides protection for small animals.

In the wild, G. invicta shares parts of its range with Echinocereus brandegei and E. hancockii - all of which look quite similar. Is there an adaptive value to this convergence? 

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Ferocactus wislizeni / Fishhook barrel cactusDesert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

Ferocactus wislizeni / Fishhook barrel cactus
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix