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Curvy Cactus

Posted by Susan Stoltz on


 

I’m on the hunt for the twisted and echinated or, technically, covered with spines, bristles, or bristle-like outgrowths. In other words cactus, the Twisted Cereus cactus to be exact. This cactus is fantastically beautiful, in a twisted sort of way!

Cacti are fascinating. Besides the fact that there’s little maintenance involved with cactus, they come in an overabundance of shapes, sizes, and colors. There’s a cactus out there to suit every personality! They also have very interesting names; Pencil Cactus, Cathedral Cactus, Balloon Cactus, Candelabra Cactus, Feather Cactus, Mexican Fence Post Cactus, Old Man Cactus, Pineapple Cactus, and the list goes on and on. In fact there are approximately 2000 kinds of cacti and I find them all intriguing.

The spines on a cactus are actually modified leaves that, as well as defending the cactus against hungry hungry herbivores, help to prevent water loss by limiting air-flow next to the cactus stem. 

As to the above reference of finding a cactus that suits your personality I will neither confirm nor deny any reference to myself. I will say that this is one of the most beautiful cacti that I’ve never seen in real life. Hopefully that will change soon.

And so dear readers I end this blog with a poem. 

Oh Twisted Cactus, I wish you were mine,
So I could marvel at every spine.
No care or coddling do you need
An introvert certainly I concede.
With your spiny, thorny, prickly garb,
I believe that I shall name you “Barb.”

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