Friday, April 18, 2014

April flowers

Photo by Marty Horowitz 4/10/2014

Staghorn cholla (Cylindropuntia versicolor). Flowers can be red, orange, yellow, greenish, gold. Click the link to see them.

Photo by Gene Spesard 4/2/2014

Engelmann Prickly Pear (Opuntia engelmannii var. engelmannii) blossoms start out yellow; sometimes fade to pinkish orange. 

Photo by Gene Spesard 4/2/2014

Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) flowers are hummingbird favorites. Octotillos are not cacti; they are actually shrubs and are one of 11 plants in their family (Fouquieriaceae). All 11 are the same genus, too. (Fouquieria). Another plant you might know in this family (and genus) is the boojum tree.

Photo by Ned Harris 4/6/2014

Canyon Grape (Vitis arizonica) buds. These will flower (white) and fruits will be (you guessed it) purple grapes. Leaves and fruits are edible, but you'll probably miss out on the letter, as they are very popular with birds. And Paul.

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