Saturday, August 23, 2014

Texas Rainbow Cactus

This Texas Rainbow Cactus was labeled and growing near the Big Bend National Park visitor center at Panther Junction. The species is often cultivated in desert gardens, so I do not know if this is a wild specimen. Wild plants, however, have a limited distribution in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, but are most easily found in the Big Bend region. The plant also grows south into northern Mexico. Plants are normally found with two or three basal branches (Wikipedia; Americansouthwest.net) and get their name for the faint, rainbow-like bands on the branches.

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