Monday, January 16, 2017

Barrel Cactus



First stop in town--a quick return visit to the U.S. Botanic Garden, this time without the holiday crowd.

"Echinocactus grusonii, popularly known as the golden barrel cactus, golden ball or, amusingly, mother-in-law's cushion, is a well known species of cactus, and is endemic to east-central Mexico.

It is rare and endangered in the wild, where it is found near Mesa de Léon in the state of Querétaro, and in the state of Hidalgo. The population was critically reduced in the 1990s, by the creation of the Zimapán Dam and reservoir in Hidalgo. The cactus grows in volcanic rock on slopes, at altitudes around 1,400 metres (4,600 ft)." ~ Wikipedia


12 comments:

  1. Looks like you'll see a thorny time for you.

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  2. I am not so fond of cactus, they never change, always look the same. Blooms are rare and they are not cuddly. :)

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  3. ...be careful rolling out the barrel.

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  4. Prickly customer RR. Endangered because of the weather?

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  5. Good approximation to that plant, where you can see in all detail, its puzantes spines

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  6. Never had a lot of luck with these. We had a couple of good ones that lasted for a few years then died. Haven't had any since. These look very good.

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