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E. stramineus fruit, showing the meat and seeds
This is a typical Echinocereus fruit, with seeds imbedded in flesh. The flesh, by the way, is what corresponds to mammalian umbilical cords, just like the flesh of apples and pears. Each seed was connected to the vascular system of the plant by an umbilicus. The trick, for us seed collectors, is to separate the flesh and the seeds. (The fruit is actually quite palatable.)   (36/40)   

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