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Melocactus-close up picture

There are so many species of cacti, with such a wide range of shapes and sizes that I could never be able to identify them.

This one from the picture is one of the genus Melocactus, with this specific structure of wool and bristle at the growing tip, called Cephalium.
MelocactusThe brightly colored cephalium will grow only as the cactus ages, and the flower buds will form from this colorful wool.

7 comments:

Ashley Sisk said...

I love the colors - great macro!

Jayne said...

How unusual and lovely. I don't know much about cacti, but they certainly are fascinating.

leavesnbloom said...

Looks like a very unusual flower on the top. I'm no big fan of those spiney plants.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Wow! that is amazing. I always find it so exciting visiting the cacti and succulent area of the botanical gardens. Your macro shot here captures such detail and beautiful colors.

BJ Roan said...

Wow, amazing! The colors are wonderful. I enjoy cacti, but am not familiar enough to name them.

Jama said...

Unusual flowers, I've seen the cactus but never the bloom. Thanks for sharing.

Icy BC said...

This is gorgeous bloom and beautiful color!

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