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ARIZONA BARREL CACTUS [Ferocactus wislizenii]
Location: Sonoita, AZGPS: 31.7N, -110.6W, elev=4,853' MAP
Date: July 31, 2009
ID : 7C2V0734 [3888 x 2592]
When young, this barrel cactus is globe-shaped, elongating only after becoming about a foot in diameter. It has a long, wide, flat central spine, crosshatched with little ridges and curving downward at the end. It also has many white, bristly radial spines.
Desert: Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts of southern Arizona and New Mexico
Height: 4-11 feet
Spines: Red beneath a gray surface layer.
Flowers: Orange, red or yellow bloom in July to September
Fruit: Bright yellow, fleshy
Elevation: 1,000-4,600 feet