Thursday, March 31, 2016

Golden Barrels

These plump round cactus are common in the Salt River Valley as ornamental plants. Most of the cactus that have the word "barrel" in their name are Ferocactus and native to the Southwest and Northern Mexico. But these "golden barrel cactus" are Echinocactus grusonii and come from east-central Mexico in the state of QuerĂ©taro. They are a rare and endangered species in the wild but there are so many of them growing in the Phoenix area, they are not likely to disappear.

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