My Mexico adventures

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Re: My Mexico adventures

Postby Amante » Sat Feb 25, 2012 1:33 pm

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Lophocereus schottii, Empalme, Sonora


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Mammillaria swinglei in flower. Notice the yellow flower which is different from that described for M. sheldonii. Enpalme, Sonora


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Ferocactus emoryi (convillei), Producing fruit when quite young, unless it is another species, Enpalme, Guaymas
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Re: My Mexico adventures

Postby Amante » Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:12 am

As the Guaymas-Baja ferry was still stranded we decided to enter Baja California by land which meant we had to travel north to Sonoyta first. Here we found: Mammillaria grahamii (microcarpa), Stenocereus thurberi, Carnegea gigantea and Echinocereus ewngelmannii, Ferocactus wislizenii and a Cylindropuntia sp.

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Carnegea gigantea marching up a hill while the Cylindropuntia stand guard, Sonoyta, Sonora


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In front of an unusual Carnegea gigantea, Notice also Fouquieria splendens (Ocotillo) in the foreground, Sonoyta, Sonora


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Mammillaria grahamii (microcarpa), Sonoyta, Sonora


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Mammillaria grahamii (microcarpa) in flower, Sonoyta, Sonora


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Stenocereus thurberi known by the common name organ pipe, Sonoyta, Sonora
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Re: My Mexico adventures

Postby Amante » Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:18 am

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Echinocereus engelmannii ssp nicholii, Sonoyta, Sonora
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Re: My Mexico adventures

Postby Amante » Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:03 am

On 19 September we arrived at the town of San Felipe, North Baja California. Sleeping outside the bus station till the sun rose and we could see the surroundings. Having taken care of our luggage we proceeded towards the promising mountains. It is all sandy here, and progress is slow and to make matters worse there are lots of animal tunnels in the sand that tend to collapse under one's feet.

The only cactus we found was Lophocereus schottii and very unusual. To begin with, they are diminutive and some had spiral shoots (var. spiralis). According to the book; The Great Cacti by David Yetman, Lophocereus do not reach this far North in Baja California. 5 ribbed sinitas (as they are locally called) are less common. :roll: There is a spiral form known also from South Baja and it is also reported to be short. After walking for about 6km we finally reached the mountains which turned out to be solid granite and not a speck of dust for plants to have a root-hold on them. The only other succulents on the mountain base were the Fouquieria (Ocotillo).

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San Felipe, North Baja California


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Spiral Lophocereus schottii, San Felipe, North Baja Califonia


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Lophocereus schottii, San Felipe, Baja California North.


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The flower of L. schottii, Baja California, North.
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Re: My Mexico adventures

Postby Cactus Jack » Thu Mar 22, 2012 5:21 pm

I love the spiral Loph :!: :mrgreen:
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Re: My Mexico adventures

Postby Julie » Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:14 pm

That spiral is something cool. It reminds me of tall chimeys on chemical plants, which I guess have the spiral struts to reinforce and funnel away the wind. At least I always assumed so.

I wonder whether spiral spines are there for strength, or to channel away the wind, or both? Does anyone know this?
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Re: My Mexico adventures

Postby Amante » Mon May 07, 2012 5:56 pm

Not sure if spiral stems has any natural scope, Julie. I guess it is just an aberration like the crests and the monstrose forms. If it had any advantage there would be many of them who would survive by natural selection and thus create a new species.

Our next stop was San Matias which is about half way between San Felipe and Ensenada. If San Matias lacked any cacti and other succulent diversity, San Felipe more than made up for it. For here is a veritable natural garden with hundreds of Ferocactus cylindraceus, (red and yellow spines and 'tortulispinus forms') Several species of Cylindropuntia and Opuntia, Echinocereus engelmannii, Mammillaria dioica, two species of Dudleya and Agave. It is one of those places that is closest to heaven for a cactophile. It makes you want to linger and linger and wonder what the next hill would disclose.

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San Matias, Baja California North.
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Cylindropuntia bigelovii, not a species to temper with San Matias, BCN
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Ferocactus cylindraceus and also visible Echinocereus engelmannii and Opuntia species, San Matias, BCN
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Re: My Mexico adventures

Postby Tony R » Mon May 07, 2012 6:37 pm

Hi Amante, Love the Cylindropuntia (but then I would!!!!).
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Re: My Mexico adventures

Postby Amante » Mon May 07, 2012 8:09 pm

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More Cylindropuntia. These were on the flat area between two hills. San Matias, BCN.


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Would be much appreciated if anyone can tell me what species this Dudleya is?


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A rare cristate Agave inflorescence.


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A monstrose Ferocactus cylindraceus. The flowers were all green whereas species description calls for yellow flower.


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The picture speaks for itself. San Matias, BCN
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Re: My Mexico adventures

Postby Amante » Mon May 07, 2012 8:17 pm

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Echinocereus engelmannii.


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Mammillaria dioica.
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