COLORADO WESTERN TIER WILDFLOWERS

 Jim Fuchs

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Escobaria (Cactaceae)

In western Colorado Escobaria missouriensis cacti are not common and can be very difficult to find.

Escobaria missouriensis

Escobaria missouriensis flower

#1 Escobaria missouriensis - this was my very favorite one!

Escobaria

#1 Escobaria missouriensis flower

Escobaria missouriensis seed pod

#1 Red is seed pod

Escobaria

#1 Some bastard dug it up!

Escobaria

#2 Another nearby cactus

Escobaria

#2 The bastard dug up this one too!

Escobaria missouriensis tubercle groove

ID: note the grooves on the upper surface of the tubercle

Escobaria

#3 With ripe seed pods

Escobaria

#3 Same cactus without seed pods

Escobaria

#4 Nice and healthy in April 2016

Escobaria missouriensis herbivory

#4 Same cactus destroyed by rabbit herbivory in October 2016

Escobaria missouriensis herbivory

#4 Same cactus - even the root is gone in November 2016

Escobaria

Hiding from rabbits and botanists!

Escobaria

Missing heads indicate that this clump is being eaten along the periphery - late October

Escobaria

Escobaria missouriensis seeds

Escobaria

Natural sprout

Escobaria

This plant is a few years old

Escobaria

I planted some seeds - five weeks after planting I found this sprout!

Escobaria

Six months after planting