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Grand Canyon Cactus Flowers 7480

Cactus flowers blooming in Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Monday, June 27, 2011. Cacti are flowering plants with green, fleshy stems which have a waxy coat to retain water. They have spines, as opposed to leaves, and some have glochids, which are tiny barbed bristles. Grand Canyon cacti most commonly have flowers of red, purple or yellow. The majority grow in the inner canyon, although several species are found on the rim. Some of the common catus species found in the park are the California barrel, fishhook, beavertail, desert prickly pear, claretcup hedgehog, Englemann hedgehog, and whipple cholla. NPS photo by Michael Quinn

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Taken on June 27, 2011