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Echinocereus stramineus     6/6/16
The specific “stramineus” means “straw-like,” for the many fine yellow spines. In habitat (Big Bend National Park in far west Texas) this species forms huge clusters of more than 100 “heads”. My plant is still a single stem because it’s been in a small pot these past 8 years. The flower might be the absolutely biggest of the echinocerei. I only have one, but a fruit formed from this flower, so it crossed (via all kinds of bees) with something else that was blooming. I wonder what the hybrid will look like.   (32/48)   

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