Sunday, January 3, 2010

Tubular Maroon Cactus Flowers


This is another unique cactus in my backyard.

The cactus is called Cleistocactus Strausii and it comes from Argentina and Bolivia.

The cactus is white and hairy and grows quite tall. My current cactus is over three feet in height.

Once a year, this cactus will produce these tubular, maroon colored flowers.

You can see how unusual it looks to have these perpendicular swirling pink flowers growing out the side of the tall white cactus.

The flowers also have a thin furry white hair on them.

The second photo provides a close up so you can also see the tiny yellow flower at the end.

The third photo shows what one of the flowers looks like as it falls from the cactus to the ground.


If the flower lands in dirt, it can grow a new cactus and start the cycle over again.

Today is Sunday so that means new travel photos. Check out the Recoleta Cemetary in Buenos Aires, Argentina at Viva la Voyage!

13 comments:

brattcat said...

Marvelous shots and info, Julie.

Sharon said...

I just bought one of these cactus at the fall plant sale at the Desert Botanical Garden. I haven't seen it bloom yet.

Leif Hagen said...

Funky cactus! It looks so soft - but I guess "look, don't touch?"

Magpie said...

A cactus is such a study in opposites..beautiful, but painful; hardy and enduring plant, but delicate and fleeting blossoms. I think they're truly beautiful covered in snow. Awesome photos!

Mirela said...

This has got to be the weirdest cactus I've seen :). Very cool!

glenda said...

Is this the "old man cactus"? This looks soft but I'm sure it's not.

Lois said...

I like the color of those cactus flowers. Very pretty!

tapirgal said...

A beautiful series. That first pic looks soft enough to snuggle up to, but I wouldn't try it!

magiceye said...

brilliant macros

Joan Elizabeth said...

Cactus are such amazing plants .. there flowers are always a surprise to me.

Kathleen said...

Wow - that is really cool. I had seen them, but I didn't know much about them.

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