Monday, June 20, 2011

Flowers at Zion: Optuntiae (Prickly Pears)

First off, the opuntiae.
I had thought I had missed the cactus blooms this year,
but apparently not--
there were still quite a few blooming at Zion in mid June.
I think that most of these are probably opuntia polyacantha.
(I confess I am not terribly good at telling subspecies apart.)
The larger bush cluster (photo 3), however,
looks more like my books' descriptions of opuntia engelmanii.

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