Opuntia ficus-indica (Cactus Pear)

Opuntia ficus-indica (Cactus Pear) Aka Indian fig opuntia, Barbary fig, Chumbera, Smooth Mountain Prickly Pear, Indian Fig, Mission Cactus, Tuberous Prickly Pear, Spineless cactus, and Prickly pear, Nopal, or Tuna. Opuntia ficus-indica is a species of cactus that has long been a domesticated crop plant important in agricultural economies throughout arid and semiarid parts of the…

Cereus hildmannianus (Queen of the Night) and Poem

NOCTURNAL HEMORRHAGE I fell on the cactus spine And burst, a nocturnal hemmorhrage Flowering outreach  To Carbon dioxide Cereus plight That I light these torches Which glowed amongst traffic Of slumbering knights Who once walked these paths With shining armour, and lances in white. ©M. Firpi Cereus hildmannianus (Queen of the Night) Aka Andes Organ Pipe,…

Opuntia auberi (Tunita Cactus)

Opuntia auberi (Tunita Cactus) Aka Nopal Cactus, Prickly Pear, Lengua de Vaca, or Nopal de Lenguita, is a Cactus native to Cuba, Puerto Rico, Greater Antilles, Mexico and North America. The name  ‘Opuntia’ is believed to refer to a Greek region – Locris Opuntia with the town of Opus in Greece where other spiny plants grew. The epithet ‘auberi’ is named…

Pereskia corrugata (Rose cactus)

Pereskia corrugata  Aka Rose Cactus, Leaf Cactus, Pereskia bleo, Pereskia cruenta, Pereskia panamensis, Rhodocactus bleo, or Rhodocactus corrugatusis, is a leafy cactus, native to the shady, moist forests of Central America and Caribbean, that grows to a woody, prickly shrub about 2 m tall with large, orange flowers resembling rose blossoms.The genus is named after Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, a…

Ferocactus hamatacanthus

Ferocactus hamatacanthus, Aka Texas Barrel Cactus or Giant Fishhook Cactus, is a barrel cactus in the genus Ferocactus belonging to the family Cacteae. Native to Mexico, it’s widespread in the Chihuahuan Desert; but it’s also found in New Mexico, and Southwestern Texas (in the central Chihuahuan Desert, near the Rio Grande). These cactus’ flowers are large, usually…

Mammillaria bocasana cv. roseiflora (Pink Flower Powder-puff Cactus)

Mammillaria bocasana cv. roseiflora Aka  Fishhooks, Pink Flower Powder-puff Cactus, Nipple Cactus, Pincushion Cactus, Pink flowered Snowball Cactus, or Powder Puff Cactus, is native to southern USA, Mexico (main distribution area), central America, Great Antilles and Little Antilles, north Columbia, Venezuela, Guatemala, Honduras, and West India Islands, thrives on subtropical desert weather. The first species was described by…

Gymnocalycium mihanovichii (Moon Cactus)

Gymnocalycium mihanovichii, aka Moon Cactus, Chin Cactus, Lollypop Cactus or Gorra Amarilla, is a species of cactus native to Paraguay and Argentina, from the provinces of Formosa, Chaco and Santiago del Estero. They are now cultivated all over the world. It’s a cactus with a globose form which produces either pink, green, or white flowers. These in…