Saturday, May 21, 2011

Teddy Bear Cholla Composite 1


I finally have good photos of teddy bear chollas to work with. It has take some time, as they can be quite elsuive. Their flowers are a pale green and blend in with the cactus itself. While they are not as spectacular as many other cactus flowers, they are an important addition to my cactus hugger collection.
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This cactus looks fuzzy and huggable from a distance, but they may actually be the worst of our Sonoran desert cacti. They have little watermelon-shaped segments with thorns all the way aroung that come off easily. So if you get a thron in you, you end up with a segment attached and several thorns at once each with their nasty little fish hooks.
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When hiking in our desert, it is advisable to take a comb; because it is the only way to get the segments off without getting stuck more. I have come across patches of teddy bears that every time I turned around, I was getting stuck somewhere else. Ouch!