Plants, Flowers & Lichens

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Hollyhock seed pod or Alcea rosea
f5.6, 2.5x, ISO100, 1_20sec, 135 micron at 81 steps

Yellow Lichen on Superstition Mountain Usery Pass Wind Cave in the Sonoran desert is likely a combination of Acarospora radicata and possibly A. chrysops
November 24, 2022 Canon EOS 70D, f/6.3, 1/197s, ISO125, 55mm

There are almost 2,000 desert lichens reported from the Sonoran Region, almost 40% of all lichens known from North America. "The bright neon yellow lichens in the Superstitions Mountains are not one single species. The genus indeed is Acarospora, but there are several closely related species present in the area, often difficult to distinguish. The larger, more exuberant squamulose are mostly Acarospora radicata (previously often called A. socialis, but that is considered a coastal species now). The less exuberant specimens might be A. chrysops, but there are a few others too.

More importantly:Generally speaking, it is not possible to identify lichens reliably just from photos. There are too many important characteristics missing in a photo. The yellow Acarospora species are among the most notoriously difficult ones. That's ironic since they are such a very conspicuous element of the desert. Some people assume that the large and conspicuous macrolichens should be easier to identify than inconspicuous crusts. Wrong again. In the desert for example Xanthoparmelia are large, foliose macrolichens, but they are chemically very diverse and it's often impossible to distinguish them without knowing their secondary chemistry." Frank Bungartz, Ph.D., Collections Manager of Lichens and Digital Data, Natural History Collections, Arizona State University,USA

Desert Shaggy mane Mushroom, podaxis postillaris

Nodding Pincushion,
Leucospermum
cordifolium

Located on the Island of Maui near the north slopes of the Haleakala volcano.
Taken with
iPhone SE (2nd generation)
f/1.8, 1/208s, ISO20, 3.99mm

Nodding Pincushion,
Leucospermum
cordifolium

Located on the Island of Maui near the north slopes of the Haleakala volcano.
Taken with
iPhone SE (2nd generation)
f/1.8, 1/208s, ISO20, 3.99mm

Showy Asian Grapes
At the Maui Garden of Eden
Canon EOS 70D, f/4.0, 1/166s, ISO 640, 105mm

Navel Orange or Citrus sinensis with Blue Mold or
Penicillium digitatum

f5.6, 1/6 sec., 100 ISO, 2.5X, 157 shots at 136 µm

Summer Bunch Rot (Sour Rot) or
Rhizopus arrhizus
On a Thompson seeldess grape
f/8, 1 sec, ISO 100, 5X, 66 steps at 84um

white fungus or
Sclerotinia sclerotiorum

Common mold on many root crops usually in storage

f5.6, 1/80 sec, 100 ISO,1X, 42 shots at 503µm step

Imperator 58 carrot or Daucus carota subsp. sativus
with white fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum

Common mold on many root crops usually in storage

f5.6, 1/80 sec, 100 ISO,1X, 42 shots at 503µm step

The name of this prickly pear is not to be taken lightly and should be approached cautiously. When taking this photo I brushed up against the cactus. I noticed red glochids all over my camera. Without thinking I quickly blew off the spines which caused them to fly into my right eye. It took two trips to an Ophthalmologists with a painfully swollen, infected eye to have the spines removed one at a time under a microscope with surgical tweezers. It is a red beauty that carries a powerful punch in the face.

Asclepias subulata or Desert Milkweed infested with aphids


Asclepias subulata or Desert Milkweed infested with aphids


Oreocereus celsianus or Old Man of the Andes


Yucca baccata or Banana Yucca


Adenium 'Crimson'
Star Desert Rose

Echeveria runyonii

Euphorbia tirucalli or
Fire Sticks

Pilosocereus azureus or Blue Torch Cactus


Ferocactus pilosus or
Mexican fire barrel

Pursh or
Phlox Speciosa


Unknown grass in black & white

This wild grass seed pods with multiple curls surrounds stems on other plants and locks on to it.

Rose or Rosa sp.

Dead Rose, f5.6, ISO 100, 1/30 sec, 1X, 29 Shots, 487µm


Rose or Rosa sp.

Dead rose stamen, anther and filament. f4, 100 ISO, 1/30 sec, 4.5X, 47 µm step 103 shots

Myrtillocactus geometrizans or

Crested Blue Myrtle



Astraeus hygrometricus or
Hygroscopic Earthstar

Canyon Point Campground

Agave Victoria-Regenae or Queen Victoria Agave

I only got poked once, taking this photo. Nothing in the eye.

Opuntia macrocentra or
Black-Spined Prickly Pear


Fouquieria splendens or
Ocotillo branch


Fouquieria splendens or
Ocotillo


Pachypodium lamerei or Madagascar palm cactus

This is not a palm or a cactus

Solenostemon x scutellarioides


Calliandra eriophylla or
Fairy Duster

Calliandra eriophylla or
Fairy Duster

Aloe principis


Aloe principis


Cylindropuntia echinocarpa or
Silver Cholla

Pilosocereus pachycladus

Blue Ghost

This cactus turns from green to a pale blue towards the top of the plant

Cereus Repandus
or Peruvian Apple Cactus

Hiding a white spider

Cereus Repandus
or Peruvian Apple Cactus

Large bright fruit. To eat, select firm fruits that have just barely begun to split open and aren't bruised. Peel away the red outer skin or cut the fruit in half and scoop out the soft white flesh that has small black seeds like a kiwi. They usually are eaten raw. Dice the flesh and add to salads, smoothies, fruit salads or desserts.

Mammillaria parkinsonii or
Qwl's Eyes

This is considered an endangered species

Mammillaria parkinsonii or
Qwl's Eyes

This is considered an endangered species

Tephrocactus articulates formerly known as Opunta diademata or Pinecone Cactus

Hibiscus bud

Larrea tridentata or
Creosote seed pod

When it rains in the desert this give off a unique, fresh, pleasant smell that is a combination of several volatile oils, mostly terpene (a compound found in pines), limonene (citrus), camphor (pines and rosemary), methanol (wood alcohol), and 2-undecanone (spices).


Larrea tridentata or
Creosote
flower and pod

When it rains in the desert creosote gives off a unique, fresh, smell that is a result of several compounds but mostly terpene (a compound found in pines), limonene (citrus), camphor (pines and rosemary), methanol (wood alcohol), and 2-undecanone (spices).


Pilosocereus azureus

or Blue Palo Verde Tree


Pilosocereus azureus

or Blue Palo Verde Tree


Acacia craspedocarpa or
Leather Leaf Acacia


Simmondsia chinensis or
Jojoba


Mammillaria canelensis or
Pincushion Cactus

Synonym(s): Mammillaria bellacantha, Mammillaria standleyi


Mammillaria canelensis or
Pincushion Cactus

Melocactus conoideus

The pink object is a seed pod

Prosopsis velutina or
Velvet Mesquite tree


Trichocereus spachianus

Golden Torch Cactus

Corrvocactus erectus or
Red Hot Chili Poker

Alluadia procera or African ocotillo

Tephrocactus articulatus var. papyracanthus or
Paper Spine Cactus


Ferocactus wislizeni or Arizona barrel cactus

Barrel cactus that bloom in the spring develop small fruits resembling pineapples. The flesh is tart with a lemon flavor.

Ferocactus wislizeni or Arizona barrel cactus

Also called fish hook cactus

Cereus forbesii 'Spiralis'

Callistemon citrinus or
Little john


Chamerops humilis or

European Fan Palm


Chamerops humilis or

European Fan Palm flower pod

Yellow pollen blew all over my camera and hand taking this pic.

Echinocereus triglochidiatus

or Scarlet Hedgehog Cactus

Showing ants and aphids

Echinocereus triglochidiatus

or Scarlet Hedgehog Cactus

Note ants grooming aphids

Lophocereus schottii var. schottii

or Senita


Opuntia polyacantha var. erinaceae

or Grizzly Bear Pricklypear


Ambrosia deltoidea or triangleleaf bursage


Alow dorotheae or sunset aloe

This is a critically endangered plant species

Fouquieria columnaris or Boojum Tree is native to Baja Peninsula and Northern Mexico

Aloe dichotoma or Quiver Tree

Native Nambia to South Africa

Stenocereus pruinosus or Pitayo

Guaiacum angustifolium or Soapbush


Guaiacum angustifolium or Soapbush


Guaiacum angustifolium or Soapbush

Odd shaped leaf

Opuntia engelmannii or

Grand Canyon Prickly-pear

Found in the Grand Canyon, Arizona

Not the assassin bug hiding in the shadows on the lower right joint

Sphaeralcea ambigua or
Desert Mallow


Agave bovicornuta or
Cow's Horn Agave


Ferocactus emoryi ssp. rectispinus or
Straight-spined Barrell Cactus


Ferocactus emoryi ssp. rectispinus or
Straight-spined Barrell Cactus


Thymophylla pentachaeta or
Golden fleece


Thymophylla pentachaeta or
Golden fleece


Guaiacum angustifolium or Soapbrush


Cylindropuntia ramosissima or Diamond Cholla


Cylindropuntia ramosissima or Diamond Cholla

Note the lacewing on the right side

Anemopsis californica or
Yerba-Mansa

Fresh roots or dried roots boiled are used medicinally.
http://naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/a/anemopsis-californica=yerba-mansa.php

Drosanthemum speciosum
'Rosea' #1


Califlora Feed Back
or
Bearded purple Iris


Agave attenuata or Foxtail Agave


Euphorbia xantii or
Cherry Blosson Euphorbia


Agapanthus or
Lily of the Nile African Lily


Plumbago auriculata or
Cape Plumbago


Knotted Hedge Parsley
or Torilis nodosa

Note the three aphids

Knotted Hedge Parsley or
Torilis nodosa


Antelope horns
or Asclepias asperula

Camping at Pine Groves north of Mormon Lake

Doubting Mariposa Lily or
Calochortus ambiguus

Pine Groves camp ground north of Mormon Lake

Pursh or Phlox Speciosa

Pine Groves camp ground north of Mormon Lake

Trichosereus spachiana
or Golden Torch Cereus


Trichosereus spachiana
or Golden Torch Cereus plant


Pursh or
Phlox Speciosa

Pine Groves camp ground north of Mormon Lake

Polemoniaceae, Phlox Speciosa, plants, showy phlox, wildflowers, pink flowers

Pine Groves camp ground north of Mormon Lake

Polemoniaceae, Phlox Speciosa, plants, showy phlox, wildflowers, pink flowers

Pursh or
Phlox Speciosa

Pine Groves camp ground north of Mormon Lake

Polemoniaceae, Phlox Speciosa, plants, showy phlox, wildflowers, pink flowers

Dandelion "2" :) or Taraxacum officinale

The number 2 shape is from the stigma and has not been altered. Looks like it was typed on the flower

Dandelion "7" :) or Taraxacum officinale

The number 7 shape is from the stigma and has not been altered. Looks like it was typed on the flower

Wheeler's Thistle or
Cirsium wheeleri

Canyon Point Campground

Wheeler's Thistle or
Cirsium wheeleri

Canyon Point Campground


Seed Head