Xerophyte, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr. (click on photo to enlarge)
Linking up with Our World Tuesday.
Lovely luring blooms
thrust an agonizing bite
Xerophyte: a plant adapted for life and growth with a limited water supply; a desert plant (like cactus).
This plant is called Opuntia, or Prickly Pear, which is in the cactus family. They are low growing with red, purple or yellow flowers, and have two types of spines – large, smooth, fixed spines, and small bunches of hairlike prickles called glochids, which distinguish prickly pear from other cacti. This photo was taken last month along the La Sal Mountain Loop Road near Moab, Utah. In this area, the blooms occur in May and June.
This post is for the “X” Challenge by Frizztext (“X” is for Xerophyte)
- www.discovermoab.com – La Sal Mountain Loop Road
- www.desertusa.com – Prickly Pear
- www.moabadventurecenter.com – When The Cactus is in Bloom
- www.ut.nrcs.usda.gov – Desert Plants of Utah