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A week at the Wildflower Center

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Turk's Head Cactus Flowering 2410

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No, I didn’t really spend a week at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, but I did spend a couple of hours there on July 23. In this post and the six that follow you’ll see some of the pictures I took that morning.

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center mostly hosts plants that are native to central Texas, but it also features some from farther afield in the state, including this Turk’s head cactus from west Texas. The plant’s scientific name is Ferocactus hamatacanthus var. hamatacanthus. If that seems long, all I can say is that botanists get their kicks by creating difficult names like that. Maybe I should go to court and change my name to Stevenus Schwartzmanus photographicus naturae var. excellentissimus. Then I could get put in a botany book along with this cactus.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 16, 2013 at 6:11 AM

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