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Desert barrel cactus flowers

Desert barrel cactus flowers

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JEFF LEPORE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY JEFF LEPORE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Desert barrel cactus flowers. Close-up of desert barrel cactus flowers (Ferocactus acanthodes), showing their stamens (male reproductive parts) and carpels (female reproductive parts, centre). The desert barrel cactus inhabits arid regions of Mexico and south-western USA. Its spines are modified leaf structures whose small surface area reduces water loss by evaporation. Photographed in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California, USA.

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