Meadowmom

Meadowmom

Posted on 08/28/2013


Photo taken on December 15, 2008


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Death Valley
Opuntia
Beavertail Cactus
cactus
Mojave Desert
Echinocereous triglochidiatus
glochids


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The most common cactus in the Mojave Desert

The most common cactus in the Mojave Desert
Beavertail Cactus, Opuntia basilaris.

People are surprised to see no cacti as they drive the sea-level (or below) highways in Death Valley. The cactus clan prefers an easier life, above 3000 ft. in the side canyons.

The Beavertails have no long spines, but something that might be worse: glochids. (Some of you are nodding and shuddering right now.) Tiny transparent spinelets that embed themselves easily, they are almost invisible, and hurt like the dickens when you brush your hand across your skin.

I've seen a grown woman, a nurse, weep as we scraped her hands with the blade of a swiss army knife and applied and ripped off duct tape, removing them.

Philippe Girault, southern♥girl, Peter Van Der Houwen have particularly liked this photo


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W9JIM - Jim Doss
W9JIM - Jim Doss
*nodding and shuddering*
5 years ago.
Peter Van Der Houwen
Peter Van Der Houwen
Better just to look at them as in this beautiful picture!
5 years ago.
Philippe Girault
Philippe Girault
Vraiment superbe
5 years ago.