Echinocereus reichenbachii (Lace Hedgehog Cactus, Lace Cactus, Lace Hedgehog)

The Lace Hedgehog Cactus grows in rocky soils, usually in small colonies or clumps. It usually blooms in April or May in Central Texas, with bright neon colors that attract a lot of pollinators. This particular specimen was located just behind an exercise station along the hike/bike/exercise circuit in suburban greenbelt. The blooms only last for a few days, and deteriorate rapidly. I was fortunate enough to catch this one with its stunning color fairly intact.

Used by permission of the photographer.

Robert J. Kamper

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