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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Scary Goathead Cactus Flower

So the San Pedro cactus, Echinopsis pachanoi, put out another set of blooms; this time lower down on its ungainly self.  This flower bud is just beginning to crack open about 2:30 in the afternoon.

By 5:00 the flower has opened up a bit

and by sunset it and some others are fully open.

Next morning the flower is still open, along with an unopened bud on the other side of the stem in an awkwardly angular ungraceful presentation as commented upon by a reader in my previous post on this plant.  Still, the flowers are strangely compelling in their largeness, their complex parts surrounded by translucent white feathery petals.

Once bloomed the petals and sepals fold in and down around the flower.  One of these collapsed flowers, seen in the top photo, took on the appearance of a scary goathead on the eve of All Hallow's Eve.

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