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Holiday Flowers and Greenery

Holiday Flowers and Greenery

Bracts are the red flower-like petals you might find on a poinsettia, but they are specialized leaves. Look closely at the center of the bracts, and you will see small flowers. Poinsettias are in the Euphorbia family related to succulent euphorbias.

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The Most Strange Cactus in the Garden

The Most Strange Cactus in the Garden

Razor sharp spines. Plants that cut themselves to creep along the ground. Cactus with mutations! At Desert Botanical Garden, guests will encounter several ‘creepy’ cactus species throughout the trails.

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Meet the Garden’s Newest Research Assistant Luis Romero

Meet the Garden’s Newest Research Assistant Luis Romero

Across the sandy desert floor in northwestern New Mexico, two small rare cactus species — Sclerocactus mesae-verdae and Sclerocactus cloverae — call this place home. Yet, these plants are threatened by poachers and habitat loss due to oil and gas development in the area, both of which have depleted their already low populations numbers in the wild.

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