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The Golden Barrel Cactus | So Common, Yet Endangered

The Golden Barrel Cactus | So Common, Yet Endangered

Golden Barrel Cactus The golden barrel cactus is a mainstay of desert landscapes and is one of the most popular cactus species in the world. Although easily grown in nurseries to meet this demand, the golden barrel is still facing an uphill battle for survival in the...

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The Incredible, Edible Saguaro Fruit

The Incredible, Edible Saguaro Fruit

Photo by Michael Searcy Ripening in the hottest, driest time of the year, saguaro fruit provide important moisture and nutrition to animals and insects in the Sonoran Desert before the summer monsoon rains. With each saguaro able to produce an average of 150 fruit,...

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Desert Fruits

Desert Fruits

Common fruit trees like citrus and figs are forming fruits in May but there are many other desert plants producing edible fruits. These desert fruits produced are relished by desert animals such as birds, desert tortoises as well as people. Look for saguaro fruits...

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June Ecoflora Challenge | The Night Shift

June Ecoflora Challenge | The Night Shift

Header Photo: John HoffmanMany people are familiar with honeybees, birds and other species that are daytime pollinators, but which ones are busy working at night? Nocturnal pollinators are understudied, especially when compared to diurnal ones. These night workers and...

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Endangered Species day

Endangered Species day

Endangered Species Day When we think an endangered species, it's easy to envision a bald eagle, whale or giant panda. However, did you know that there are more federally protected plant species than animals in the United States? Why protect plants? Could you imagine...

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