Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus engelmannii), Barker Dam nature trail, Joshua Tree NP, Riverside County, California - May 2009.
This little pocket in the rock is supporting several types of plant life. It was a treat to be here in the spring, got to see lots of plant life in bloom
From the west side of the Toroweap overlook.
Two for the price of one on this shot! Looks like a small cluster of Mammillaria dioica nestled in there.
With bonus spider nest in the top left.
Closeup here. Found this guy on the Culp Valley Lookout trail, a short hike to a scenic overlook of the Anza-Borrego plain.
The Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus engelmannii) is commonly found in desert areas of the southwestern United States and the adjacent areas of Mexico, including the states of California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Baja California and Sonora. It usually grows in clusters, sometimes up to 20 and more stems. Its bright magenta flowers bloom in April in its southern extremes to late May at northern locations. The flowers are borne at the upper half to one third of...