08 December 2005

My Cactus Collection

My collection .......
sorry if the picture is not that big...

Another picture of my babies.....

Tha Beaver Tail

This low, spreading cactus with short bristles grows 6 to 12 inches high and up to 6 feet wide. The gray-green, jointed stems are wide and flat resembling the tail of a beaver. Oval in shape, the stems are 1 to 6 inches wide and 2 to 13 inches long.

The stems grow in clumps with flowers from the top edge of the joints. Flowers are followed by a brownish-gray, oval fruit more than an inch long with many seeds.

A low, cylindrical cactus with one or many thick-clustered stems grows to 6 inches high. Many hooked spines, 1/2-inch long at the tips of nipples, are surrounded by numerous, straight, tan-to-pink ones. The Fishhook Cactus has extended, smooth, red fruit 1/2 to 1 inches long. Not to be confused with the Fishhook Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus wislizenii) of the Chihuahuan Desert.

Also called:
Pincushion Cactus
Corkseed Cactus
Nipple Cactus
Fishhook Mammillaria
Cabeza del Viejo

These are a few of my cacti collection. I have not taken a detailed picture of each kind, but i promise i will try to secure a more colorful picture of them. I started collecting last two years ago and i find so much pleasure in taking care of these beautiful and cute plants. The secret it to water them just once a week and put them where sunlight is abundant