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Flora

Mojave Desert Cactus



Cacti occur in a wide range of shapes and sizes, a thick, fleshy plant that grows in many hot, dry habitats subject to drought such as deserts.

Cactus are members of the family Cactaceae and can live in extremely dry environments as they have made adaptations to conserve water. Almost all cacti are succulents, they have thickened, fleshy parts adapted to storing water. Most species have lost true leaves, leaving spines, which are highly modified leaves. Spines help prevent water loss by reducing air flow, providing shade and defense against herbivores.

also see:

Cactus Garden

Western Mojave

East Mojave

Cholla Cactus Garden

Octillo Patch


Foxtail cactus

Teddybear cholla

Silver cholla

Pencil cholla

Cottontop cactus

Hedgehog cactus

Mojave mound cactus

California barrel cactus

Beavertail pricklypear

Grizzlybear pricklypear

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