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Friday, March 16, 2012

Opuntia basilaris, Joshua Tree NP

Showy pink flowers of O.basilaris are always a pleasant sight. It is one of the iconic plants of Mojave desert and adjacent arid lands, wide spread and common. The low plants are frost hardy and in culture require watering in late winter and spring to successfully produce blooms.
Flower buds are always produced at pad edges, usually close to the tip, and new segments develop from the pad base. That helps to recognize early the successful flower initiation .

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