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Little Golden Wonder by Lucinda Walter

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Among what looks like it could be lambs wool appears this tiny flower. Only lasting a day it is a joy to view. One has to really take a look to see these little flowers on this cactus as they are quite small, only about 1.5 inches across. The flowers are not very visible in relation with the size of the barrel, and they can get lost into the creamy colored wool at the top of the globe. But they are quite unique. One could almost think that this is some underwater kind of sea life but it is just a simple flower here in bloom in the spring in the Arizona Sonoran Desert. Photograph was taken of this bloom of the Golden Barrel Cactus only a few steps out my front door.

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Echinocactus grusonii, popularly known as the Golden Barrel Cactus, Golden Ball or, amusingly, Mother-in-Law’s Cushion, is a well known species of cactus, and is endemic to east-central Mexico.
It is rare and critically endangered in the wild, where it is found near Mesa de Léon in the state of Querétaro, and in the state of Hidalgo.1 The population was critically reduced in the 1990s, by the creation of the Zimapán Dam and reservoir in Hidalgo.1 The cactus grows in volcanic rock on slopes, at altitudes around 1,400 metres (4,600 ft). Echinocactus grusonii belongs to the small genus Echinocactus, which together with the related genus Ferocactus, are commonly referred to as barrel cacti. The species was first described by Heinrich Hildmann in 1891. While sometimes referred to as Golden Ball, this species is not to be confused with Notocactus leninghausii which have fuzzy, harmless spines and are native to Brazil and Paraguay.Growing as a large roughly spherical globe, Echinocactus grusonii may eventually reach over 1 metre (3.3 ft) in height after many years. Younger Golden Barrel plants do not look similar to mature specimens. The generation lifetime is estimated to be 30 years. 1
There may be up to 35 pronounced ribs in mature plants, though they are not evident in young plants, which may have a knobbly appearance. The sharp spines are long, straight or slightly curved, and various shades of yellow or, occasionally, white.
Small yellow flowers appear in summer around the crown of the plant, but only after twenty years or so. Echinocactus grusonii is widely cultivated by specialty plant nurseries as an ornamental plant, for planting in containers, desert habitat gardens, rock gardens, and in conservatories. 2 A white-spined form, and a short-spined form, are also in cultivation.
It is one of the most popular cacti in cultivation. Garden designers Madame Ganna Walska of Lotusland in Montecito, California, and Jamie Durie of Australia, have considered it a personal favorite. It has increasingly become popular as an architectural accent plant in contemporary garden designs.
The cactus is considered easy and relatively fast growing in warmer climates around the world. The plants do have some basic requirements; an average minimum winter temperature of 12°C (53.6ºF); and good drainage with less watering in winter. 2 Excess water in cool periods may lead to rot. Golden Barrels are hardy to about 15ºF (-8ºC) for brief periods.
Beyond Central Mexico, Echinocactus grusonii specimens may also be seen in collections of desert plants in many botanical gardens.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echinocactus_grusonii

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  • Lucinda Walter
    Lucinda Walter9 months ago

  • Berns
    Berns9 months ago

    gorgenisoity !!!

  • Thanks much, hon

    – Lucinda Walter

  • Fara
    Fara9 months ago

    This is so beautiful…………………..love the colours…………………………………….Joyce

  • Thanks, Joyce

    – Lucinda Walter

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Trupp9 months ago

    Very nice work

  • Thanks for accepting my work, Larry

    – Lucinda Walter

  • Berns
    Berns9 months ago

    very pretty close up !

  • Thanks, Berns

    – Lucinda Walter

  • BGSPhoto
    BGSPhoto9 months ago

    Excellent closeup Lucinda. I have to drive for miles and miles and you walk out your front door!!
    Bob

  • Thanks, Bob

    – Lucinda Walter

  • KSKphotography
    KSKphotography9 months ago

    beautiful macro

  • Thanks much for your comments.

    – Lucinda Walter

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devine9 months ago

    Fascinating, Lucinda – and beautifully photographed!

  • Thank you very much, Bette.

    – Lucinda Walter

  • Mark Batten-O'Donohoe
    Mark Batten-O'...9 months ago

  • What an honor to have two works featured this week. Thanks much!

    – Lucinda Walter

  • Thea 65
    Thea 657 months ago

    Such a lovely capter, Lucinda!

  • Many thanks, Thea. Sorry for the late reply!

    – Lucinda Walter

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