Echinocactus horizonthalonius

Texas desert. Blooms rose-pink. May-June. Size: 2 to 8 feet high.

Well known among the desert figures are the heavy-bodied barrelcac-tuses which are sometimes pointed out as sources of water for travelers suffering from thirst. Under extreme conditions, it is possible to hack off the tops of these tough, spine-protected plants and obtain, by squeezing the macerated tissues, enough juice to sustain life.

Growing faster on the shaded side, the taller-growing plants tend to lean toward the south, hence the name "compass" cactus. Flowers range In color from yellow to orange and rose-pink, depending on the species, and the pale yellow, egg-shaped fruits which ripen early in the winter, are a favorite food of deer and rodents. Flowers, and the resulting fruits, form a ring around the crown of the plant.

The flesh of the barrelcactus, cooked in sugar, forms a base of cactus candy.

Agave

Centuryplant, Mescal, Lechuguilla

Agave palmeri (a) Amaryllis family

Arizona desert. Blooms yellow-purple. July-August.

Agave palmeri (a) Amaryllis family

Arizona desert. Blooms yellow-purple. July-August.

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