Tom's Wildflower Photo Collection

Cactus, plants that get mistaken for cactus, Succulents
 and other things without typical leaves
These photos are from wildflowers in the wild.
Under Construction
Last update 12/26/2008

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All of these photos have been taken with very small digital cameras. Focusing these cameras on flowers can be very difficult and has taken lots of practice and experimenting to make it work.




B


bear grass
bear grass

C



claret cup,
scarlet hedgehog cactus
Echinocereus coccineus
pinkflower hedgehog cactus, pink-flower hedgehog cactus, strawberry cactus, Fendler hedgehog
Echinocereus fendleri

The fruits of these are small, and taste like strawberries.
clarit cup
pinkflower hedgehog cactus, pink-flower hedgehog cactus, strawberry cactus, Fendler hedgehog
Echinocereus fendleri
claret cup,
scarlet hedgehog cactus
Echinocereus coccineus
claret cup,
scarlet hedgehog cactus
Echinocereus coccineus
probably
Claret cup, Hedgehog cactus, Kingcup cactus, Mojave mound
Echinocereus triglochidiatus


These are prevelant near the top of South Peak in the Sandia Mountains. They get as big as a grapefruit.  I've not seen them anywhere else.

clydoopuncha imbrcata

cholla
clydoopuncha imbrcata
cholla fruit

These fruits are edible, but you 'd have to be pretty hungary to bother with them.
cholla
  

E


brownplume,wirelettuce, skeleton plant or wireweed
Stephanomeria pauciflora?



M


madrone ???

This is pretty  rare in north central New Mexico. I found this on Cochiti Mesa.
mormon tea

ephera viridis

P


cow's tongue prickly pear cactus

This variety is one of the many prickly pear cactus that growin New Mexico and SW Colorado.

I don't believe this variety crows native in the central and norhtern part of the state.  These are growing in my garden and with some care and protection have grown over 10 feet tall.
cow's tongue prickley pear cactus

opuntia
cow's tongue prickley pear cactus

cow's tongue prickley pear cactus fruit

This fruit taste like plum, cherry  and apple mixed together with a slight tang.
It makes great jelly and can be used to make wine.

To eat the fruit raw, hold them between you thumb and fore finger without touching the tiny hairy needles. Scrape all the hairy needles off with a knife or sharp rock. Peel the skin off and eat the flesh, spitting out the seeds. Expect purple fingers.

S


sotol
yucca glauca
Sotol is not a cactus, but actually a member of the Lily family.
sotol
sotol







Y


yucca bacata

The yucca ia not a cactus, but a member of the agave family.

Two main types in this area: the datil yucca which has hard fruits that taste like soap and the Spanish bayonnet or banana yucca which has soft fruits that taste like banana when ripe.




yucca fruit

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