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4/21/2013

ocotillo

My favorite cactus was the Ocotillo. Wikipedia tells me this is not a true cactus. It dries out to seemingly-dead brown stems with spines, but when rain comes small round leaves emerge all along the stems. It flowers with bright red feathery blooms, one atop each stem. The plants were just starting to bloom when we saw them (but not the individual in front of the house which I sketched).

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