Sunday, May 31, 2009

Cactus Bloom with Stamen and Pollen

I planted a new cactus in my yard this winter and it has produced some fabulous blooms.

Here is one of them. You can see the pollen on the petals.

The details are so interesting. Sadly, this flower only lasted a few short hours and then it went away.

I believe this cactus is called the giant flowered hedgehog pink cactus or echinocereus enneacanthus v. stramineus.

15 comments:

B Squared said...

So fleeting. Shame they don't last longer. There must be a lot of activity during those few hours of beauty.

Sharon said...

It seems the prettiest of cactus flowers have the shortest lives.

raul gagliero said...

excelentes fotos,te felicito ,un abrazoooooooooooooooooooooooo desde buenos aires argentina

henny said...

How long should you wait for it to flower?
Thanks to camera, you can share it with us that fleeting moment.

Cezar and Léia said...

Sooo lovely!
This is my favourite colour!
Léia

glenda said...

They are beautiful flowers but as you say you must be quick to catch a look. I have one in my yard that only blooms at night.

altadenahiker said...

Cactus takes a certain commitment. You must check them daily around this time or you might miss something wonderful. Like this.

Prospero said...

Julie, I've noticed the same thing about certain cactus flowers: very short blooming time. But when they do bloom, and Julie with a camera turns up - look out.

JM said...

Gorgeous close-up, Julie! Love it!

pasadenaadjacent said...

so sad that it's beauty is short lived. I often miss my cactus blooms because they happen at night

Christopher Raun Leth said...

Fantastic close-up! This is a beautiful flower and it's a shame their lifespan is so short.

Don and Krise said...

I would have never guessed one would have to be so quick to catch this flower. Beautiful color.

Lessie said...

I didn't realize the cactus blooms are so beautiful!

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Hyde DP said...

sad how cacti flower for so short a time

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