Saturday, May 21, 2011
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.
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.
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!