Cacti Flowers

Now that we’re out of the desert and in the Sierra Nevada range I doubt I’ll come across any more cacti. So here’s a brief overview of some of the more beautiful cacti groups!
The prickly pears. A classic cactus shape that is immediately familiar to all.

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Then the related but in my opinion much more beautiful beavertail cactus that is found throughout all of the desert section of the PCT.

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Then there are the Chollas. A group of branching cacti that are formidable obstacles near the trail!

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Then there is the barrel cactus! It’s only found abundantly near scissors crossing and then occasionally for the next hundred miles or so. They are big fat cacti up to 6 feet tall!

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Then there is the beautiful hedgehog cactus which is also common around scissors crossing!

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And finally the beautiful claret cup cactus. Uncommon along the PCT but can be found near Big Bear and Mission Creek.

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2 thoughts on “Cacti Flowers”

  1. Thanks for the post, hopefully the journey is going well for you. I am enjoying the plant posts a chance to refresh and learn new things from someone on the trail. I start my own section hike next week so stumbled across your blog doing research and now am looking forward to watching for your posts as you head north to Canada.

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