San Diego County, California, US
Coast Cholla at sunset. 😊
Freeeeezing cold day today, but I had to walk around a little bit. Observed a few things on this little path by the office.
I took a walk in the desert flats around Panther Junction on a cloudy morning. Formerly placed as a variety of O. violacea.
The spines are star like, more than 8 in a cluster/glocet. The hole in the cacti could be a nest or decay. The flesh is brownish green, smooth waxy. The overall cacti is healthy
A cactus (plural: cacti, cactuses, or cactus) is a member of the plant family Cactaceae, within the order Caryophyllales. The word "cactus" derives, through Latin, from the Ancient Greek κάκτος (kaktos), a name originally used for a spiny plant whose identity is not certain. Cacti are native to the Americas, ranging from Patagonia in the south to parts of western Canada in the north—except for Rhipsalis baccifera, which also grows in Africa and Sri Lanka.