Various Pet Names for Cacti

So at the hotel I stayed at from August 5-6, there was a courtyard area with a cactus garden. Yep, only in Arizona. (Okay, probably not just Arizona.) At the same time of this realization, I was trying to toy around with every single mode on my DSLR in clockwise order from the dial on the top, and the ‘close-up’ mode just so happened to be next on the list. So I played around with some settings, and…

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Echinocactus grusonii, ‘Golden Barrel Cactus’
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Pachycereus schottii, ‘Whisker Cactus’
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Opuntia _____, ‘Prickly Pear Cactus’

I have no idea what the exact species of the above cactus is. If anyone specializes in cactus nomenclature, now is your time to shine.

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Carnegiea gigantea, the famous ‘Saguaro Cactus’

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The above close-up is part of a monster cactus, which is apparent when zoomed out all the way.

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Cereus peruvianus, ‘Curiosity Plant’

Unfortunately that is all I can give you regarding the fascinating cactus family of plants for now. Maybe I’ll stumble upon another cactus garden soon?

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