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Echinocereus stramineus ripe fruit
I had only one flower of this plant this summer. (It’s native to the Big Bend region of West Texas, where it grows into clusters of over 100 stems, the whole maybe five feet (1.5 m) or more across. The flower is huge.) Something crossed with it (I blame the bees.) and produced this extraordinarily pretty fruit. The white spine clusters easily brushed off the fruit, as is the case for most ripe Echinocereus fruit. The fruit was about 2 “ (5 cm) in diameter.   (35/40)   

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