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Art Show: Flower of the Month: Cactus

Big Bend Flower

by Christopher Boswell

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Art: Big Bend Flower by Artist Christopher Boswell
Eagle claws (or Turk's head) Cactus

The eagle claws cactus (Echinocactus horizonthalonius) is is a small barrel cactus, usually rounded in form and reaching a diameter of about 15 cm. It is quite common on limestone or lime-rich soils of parts of West Texas, New Mexico and in the Chihuahuan Desert of Mexico. There is also an isolated population in a limestone area of Arizona, where it can grow in a columnar form, up to 30 cm tall.

This plant was photographed in the Big Bend area of west Teaxs at the very hottest time of the summer.

It is amazing to me the plant is able to find enough moisture to stay alive and flower. Thank you for viewing this piece!

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