January/February 2016

Desert and cacti go together. I am far from being a specialist on cacti but I like to see them. There are so many kinds. I only know a few.  How many types do you know ?           I recalled  buying a post card when we first visited Palm Desert. I found it and took a pic for you.

Desert plants.

While  visiting  THE LIVING DESERT,  I was especially happy to see the plants with a sign to tell us what it was and a short description. Most of the photos are taken with my smart phone as I ran out of battery for my camera! Sorry for the poor quality .

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20160119_133019  Chain Fruit Cholla

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Another day, we  saw  some ocotillos , starting to bloom.  Ocotillo is not a true cactus but plant of the desert.



Here are some close-ups  of different cacti we saw. You want to look  but not touch!

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In Arizona, we saw the cactus called SAGUARO. It was interesting to learn how it is pronounced. It sounds like: SA-WO-RO !!!  Saguaros have a relatively long lifespan. They may grow their first side arm any time from 75–100 years of age, but some never grow one at all. A saguaro without arms is called a spear.  I will try to do another post about  this cactus. But for now here one photo taken along  the highway and another one   in Mesa .

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Cacti occur in a range of shapes and sizes. Most cacti live in habitats subject to at least some drought. Many live in extremely dry environments, even being found in the Atacama Desert , one of the driest places on earth. Cacti show many adaptations to conserve water. Almost all cacti are succulents , meaning they have thickened, fleshy parts adapted to store water. Unlike many other succulents, the stem is the only part of most cacti where this vital process takes place. Most species of cacti have lost true leaves, retaining only  spines,, which are highly modified leaves. As well as defending against  herbivores , spines help prevent water loss by reducing air flow close to the cactus and providing some shade.

Here is a collage with cacti we saw when we visited Sunnylands Center and Garden, in Rancho Mirage.

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Thanks for viewing my posts and thanks also if you are taking  time to write a comment.


2 thoughts on “Cactus

    • thanks you so much for your comment Cece.You are great to take time to write this note. I just figured out that ocotillo is not a cactus… but an indigenous plant of this area. So much to learn always. ♥…

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