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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Opuntia engelmannii

This large Opuntia plant was flowering in Organ Pipe NP. I'm not an expert in Opuntias so ID is not guaranteed to be correct.Opuntia engelmannii is one of more common and variable species in the area.
In many places in Arizona cacti are dominant plants, and Opuntias usually the most common. They are robust and very resilient plants, especially in desert area that get relatively large amount of summer rains.

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