The scientific name for the golden barrel cactus is Echinocactus Grusonii, they are very easy to take care of and are also used for decorative purposes. The Golden Barrel Cactus also has straight, narrow spines around it.
Dead, empty shell in coastal dune scrub. Need to do a bit more research--does not seem to have the incised grooves running parallel to bands as described for the endangered H. walkeriana. Big Sur shoulderband apparently co-occurs but usually farther from coast.
04 Oct 2011.
Gloria Rd, San Benito Co, CA.
We saw several flocks of these flashy members of the crow family.