X! Challenge: Xerophyte

Xerophyte
Xerophyte, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (click on photo to enlarge)
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Lovely luring blooms
thrust an agonizing bite
beautifully painful
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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)

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31 responses to “X! Challenge: Xerophyte

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  2. Xerophyte:
    a plant adapted for life and growth with a limited water supply;
    a desert plant (like cactus).
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    thank you – and you could use this same photo for next Tuesday’s photo challenge “Y”, because your flower is yellow – so like the Xerophyte survives with one cup of water two weeks you could survive two weeks with one photo and poem!

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