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Cacti on lava rocks, next to mangroves... on Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador | by Dallas Krentzel
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Cacti on lava rocks, next to mangroves... on Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

How many places in the world can you find cacti and mangroves right next to each other?

 

For a discussion on why Opuntia of the Galapagos are so neat, and their relationship with the endemic giant tortoises, see this image: www.flickr.com/photos/31867959@N04/6012346984/in/set-7215...

 

For a discussion on why I find Opuntia so neat morphologically, developmentally, and functionally: see this image: www.flickr.com/photos/31867959@N04/7457728654/in/set-7215...

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Taken on June 2, 2011