Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mammillaria tetrancistra

Fishhook cactus

One of the few non-opuntia cacti found in the Mojave, Mammillaria tetrancistra is a small cactus that produces long, hooked spines, giving it its common name. These spines live up to their namesake, are quite sharp, and can inflict a painful wound on anyone foolish enough to touch them.

These cacti flower in April, and produce large, red fruits in the later part of the year.

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