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Claret Cup Hedgehog

Claret Cup Hedgehog
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Copyright: JC Ramos (jramos) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 44] (168)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-08
Categories: Desert, Flowers, Cacti
Camera: Canon Powershot S30
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-02-20 19:31
Viewed: 4791
Points: 0
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The New Mexico ("Claret Cup") Hedgehog (Echinocereus triglochidiatus) Cactus.

The plant grows to 6 inches in height and has green to bluish-green stems to 1.5 inches in diameter with 9-10 ribs and spines to 2.5 inches in length. The plant typically grows in crowded clumps open, rocky areas at elevations between 4000 - 9000 feet.

Claret Cup Cactus blooms between May - July and produces red to red-orange cup shaped flowers with a bright green stigma in the center to 1.5 inches in width. Flowers are followed by a 1 inch fruit.

This photo was taken above the Nambe Falls in the Nambe reservation north of Santa Fe.

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