Claret cup cactus

Claret cup cactus

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Caption: Claret cup cactus. Flowering claret cup cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus). Cacti of the genus Echinocereus are native to Mexico where they can grow at up to 2000 metre elevations, usually in short columns, some of which form huge clumps. The spines covering this plant are modified leaves. They protect the cactus from herbivores and reduce the moisture loss associated with normal plant leaves. Cacti are succulents, plants that store water in swollen tissue and survive in desert regions. Photographed in Capital Reef National Park, Utah, in spring.

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Keywords: arid adapted, botany, cactus, capital reef national park, claret cup, claret cup cactus, echinocereus triglochidiatus, flower, nature, plant, spine, succulent plants, type, usa, utah, wild flowers

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