Friday, May 31, 2013

Variously colored

Photos by Marty Horowitz 5/11/2013

Flower blooming on old fruit

Flower blooming on old fruit

Staghorn Chollas (Cylindropuntia versicolor) are interesting plants. Not only do they have flowers of various hues, their fruits can produce flowers as well. From the link above:

The rounded, mostly spineless, yellow-green to reddish purple fruits stay attached to the stems all winter and often proliferate (new fruits grow out of the old fruits). The immature fruits are green and tuberculate, but the mature fruits swell to become smooth and plump, and they remain on the plant while it is flowering.
Pretty neat!

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