Wildflowers of Southern Arizona
Cactus (Cactaceae) family.
The showy flowers are up to 3 inches (7.6 cm) across and have solid colored tepals with no red at the base. The lighter colored flowers age to a salmon or peachy pink color. The flowers are followed by plump, vase-shaped or barrel-shaped, red to reddish purple fruits that are dotted with bundles of glochids (painfully sharp micro-spines) but no large spines. The stem pads are dull green, flattened, oval to shaped like an inverse teardrop, and have 0 to 6 white or less commonly yellow, drooping spines ringed by sparse, brown or golden glochids at each areole. Many of the large spines have a dark base.
Santa Catalina Mountains
Sabino Canyon Recreation Area.
Location: Abundant throughout Tucson Valley
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