Saturday, December 5, 2015

Over a barrel and snow where to go

Photo by Joe Orman 11/6/2015

After reading about this crested barrel from my June 30, 2015 post, Joe tracked it down. Alas, it had fallen in the meantime. (Joe is the crested cactus hunter whose websites I referenced.) See his crested Saguaro collection here. And other bizarre cactus crests here.

Photo by Vaughn Donlin 11/14/2015

If you see this fluffy 'snow,' you'll know you are looking at the fruit of Desert Broom (Baccharis sarothroides). This plant is dioecious, i.e., male and female flowers are on separate plants. This one is, of course, a female plant.

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