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Peter Lipson
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We Don't Get Questions


Today’s question comes from me. You didn’t send it in, and neither did that other person reading this small corner of the blogosphere. So I emailed it to myself and then I replied to myself and then I posted it right here.<br /><br />Q: Can you identify this plant for me? It’s mostly green, with spines on all sides. It’s about 4&quot; across, but taller.<br /><br />Thank you,<br />Peter<br /><br />A: It’s a <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1760&amp;entry_id=1565" title="http://www.cactusjungle.com/plant_pages/euphorbia_trigona.htm" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.cactusjungle.com/plant_pages/euphorbia_trigona.htm’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Euphorbia trigona.</a> As it grows, it can get up to 6&quot; around, and will eventually be a 20′ tall tree if planted in the ground, which we don’t recommend here in the Bay Area. <br /><br />If you do plant it in the ground in this area, you will need to protect the growing tips when it gets close to freezing. We recommend a styrofoam cup on the top of each branch. <br /><br />A frost blanket will work too, but we recently created a tent out of one around a tall cactus in a pot, and then the 65mph winds came blowing through the area last week and the tent became more of a sail than a tent and the plant blew over. Luckily, we know enough to stay away from the nursery until wind storms are over, what with the spiny cactus and all.<br /><br />Hope that helps,<br />Peter<br /><br />

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Funny Plant Names


For no particular reason that I can think of.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Euphorbia pubiglans</span><br /></div><br /><a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1759&amp;entry_id=1564" title="http://www.cactusjungle.com/plant_pages/euphorbia_pubiglans.htm" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.cactusjungle.com/plant_pages/euphorbia_pubiglans.htm’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Plant page with image is here.</a> Anyone think of a reason for the name?<br /><br />

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Link of the Day


<a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url=aHR0cDovL3R1cmJpZHdhdGVyLmJsb2dzcG90LmNvbS8yMDA4LzAxL3BpY3RvcmlhbC1ndWlkZS10by1kZXNlcnQtdmFjdGlvbi1mb3IuaHRtbA==&amp;entry_id=1563" title="http://turbidwater.blogspot.com/2008/01/pictorial-guide-to-desert-vaction-for.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://turbidwater.blogspot.com/2008/01/pictorial-guide-to-desert-vaction-for.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;"><br />
Turbid Water</a> from Denver took a winter vacation into the desert and has come back with a whole lot of photos of cactus. There’s also a lot of personal pictures mixed in there, so you can pretend you’re not looking at a stranger’s family and skip over those and get to the cactus photos.<br /><br /><br />

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Michigan Mesembs


They like them some <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1758&amp;entry_id=1562" title="http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080108/FEATURES04/801080362" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080108/FEATURES04/801080362′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">mesembs in Detroit</a> these days, and who could argue?<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">One place to see lithops (LITH-ops) growing is at the newly renovated Matthaei Botanical Gardens conservatory in Ann Arbor.<br />
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Lithops come in various sizes, markings and colors, like mottled pink, brown and gray. Flat-topped and stout, they look like cute fireplugs or, possibly, distant relatives of SpongeBob SquarePants.<br />
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Lithops are so unusual that many Matthaei visitors have never seen them before, said Paul Girard, natural areas collection specialist.</span><br /></div><br />They’re like little brains, those split rocks, also known as living stones. And the mice think they’re delicious too. Personally, I like the green ones, but the red ones are good too. And then there are the grey ones, and the yellow ones and all the rest. I guess a trip to Ann Arbor should be added to the schedule. It’s been about 10 years since I’ve been back there. (15 is more likely). Ah, those carefree days.<br /><br />

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Bird Watching Among the Cactus


It’s very cold in <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1757&amp;entry_id=1561" title="http://www.mywesttexas.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=19161094&BRD=2288&PAG=461&dept_id=475590&rfi=6" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.mywesttexas.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=19161094&BRD=2288&PAG=461&dept_id=475590&rfi=6′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">West Texas in winter</a>, and yet still, the birders are out doing their bird watching thing.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Next up are the cactus wrens in family groups. Every cactus wren has several football-shaped nests of wads of grass in the thicker shrubbery of lote and catclaw, not mesquite. They spend the night alone inside their own nest but tag along together during the morning’s inspection tour. Mockingbirds also greet the sun. They prefer to spend the night near their favorite tasajillo clump under a mesquite, the one with the ripest red berries….<br />
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Every winter my parents traveled West Texas, doing up to twelve Audubon Christmas Bird Counts. They would often awaken at 3 or 4 a.m. to drive a hundred miles or more, then count birds from &quot;can to can’t&quot; and then join other birders to tally up. I always rode with them as a kid.</span><br /></div><br />A pleasant day spent among the birds. Now personally, I’d rather be inside sipping hot cocoa.<br /><br />

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We Get Questions


It’s about watering your indoor succulents in winter, with pictures!<br /><br />Q: hi!<br />
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would you mind reminding me whether i should stop watering the two succulents in the attached photo for the winter — and, if so, for how long?<br />
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also, same question for the two aloes in the other attached photo.<br />
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thanks so much for your help!<br />
mats h<br /><br /><img width="432" hspace="5" height="324" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/aloe-lo.jpg" /><br /><br />A: Hello Mats,<br />
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The two Aloes would like regular winter water, the Pachypodium saundersii should be watered less, 4 to 6 weeks between water during the winter should be fine.<br />
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Hap<br /><br /><img width="324" hspace="5" height="432" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/succulents-lo.jpg" /><br /><br />

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Link of the Day


<a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1755&amp;entry_id=1559" title="http://kipili.com/?p=274" onmouseover="window.status=’http://kipili.com/?p=274′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Kipili</a> went to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney and got a great photo of a Dyckia fosteriana in bloom.<br /><br /><img width="161" hspace="5" height="240" border="0" src="/blog/uploads/misc/1584501369_13c119c44f_m.jpg" /><br /><br /><a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1756&amp;entry_id=1559" title="http://www.flickr.com/photos/petrichor/1584501369/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.flickr.com/photos/petrichor/1584501369/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Full size photo on flickr.</a><br /><br />

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Link of the Day


<a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1754&amp;entry_id=1558" title="http://mexfiles.wordpress.com/2008/01/06/cactus-bandits-v-mexican-villagers/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://mexfiles.wordpress.com/2008/01/06/cactus-bandits-v-mexican-villagers/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">The Mex Files</a> translates an article about Foreign Cactus Bandits, in Mexico!<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;"> Residents of the several municipalities in the area interviewed by El UNIVERSAL all complained of the complacency of the Federal Prosescutor for Environmental Protection, when it came to foreigners stealing cacti.<br />
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”They [the foreigners] come and take plants with no authority from anyone. I don’t know if the Federal Prosecutor isn’t interested, or just ignorant,” Dionisio Santos, of Jaumve said.</span><br /></div><br /><br />

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Austin Gardeners go Green for 2008


It turns out that cactus and succulents are the latest &quot;green&quot; plants, what with all the low-water requirements and all. In Austin, they take their &quot;green&quot; gardens seriously. <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1753&amp;entry_id=1557" title="http://www.statesman.com/life/content/life/stories/gardening/12/29/1229garden.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.statesman.com/life/content/life/stories/gardening/12/29/1229garden.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">At least, for 2008 they will…</a><br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">In 2008, Bering has an ambitious project at his home — a rock wall that houses cacti and succulents — that sounds like it should be called the Hanging Gardens of Beringdom.<br />
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Conrad also promises to encourage us to plant more tried and true natives in the coming year. </span><br /></div><br />Good for them.<br /><br />

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Pittsburgh Succulents


They do a lot of indoor gardening in Pittsburgh during the winter, what with the winter weather and all. I sometimes wonder how all those nurseries survive the winter. I suppose they’re closed. I know I would close for January if I could. Anyway, back to Pittsburgh, and the article about succulents being good for indoor gardening, in the <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1752&amp;entry_id=1556" title="http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/leadertimes/s_544892.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/leadertimes/s_544892.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Leader Times</a>.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Succulent plants… make great houseplants and many are easy to grow. What better time when the garden is at rest then to try growing succulents indoors….<br />
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A plant favored by many is the jade plant….<br />
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Another good choice… is the crassula perforata…<br />
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One more succulent… is the kalanchoe often seen blooming in the stores near Valentine’s Day.</span><br /></div><br />I checked, and it’s 20 below there in Pittsburgh right now. I hope the windows aren’t open. There’s more plants in Pittsburgh after the break, if care to join me…<br /><br /><br /><a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/archives/1556-guid.html#extended">Continue reading "Pittsburgh Succulents"</a>

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Winter


We’re back from our winter travels to Idaho and through the Donner Pass in a snowstorm. We got stuck waiting for the 17 car pileup to be cleared, but contrary to what others have implied, we were not part of it.<br /><br /><br />

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Ohio Cactus


They’ve recently discovered that succulents are pretty in Ohio. Who knew? This brilliant discovery comes <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1748&amp;entry_id=1551" title="http://www.ohio.com/lifestyle/home_garden/12909051.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.ohio.com/lifestyle/home_garden/12909051.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">courtesy of Ohio.com</a>.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Tired of blossoms in your flower garden that dazzle and sizzle but are quick to fade? Maybe it’s time for some dependable succulents — the enduring plants that last through the good times but also, especially, the bad.</span><br /></div><br />I hear that it’s cold there right now. I’m cold just thinking about it. Brrrrr. Of course, I used to live in Michigan. And then there was that time I lived in Alaska too. So I should talk. But now I’m California all the way, baby. And it’s freezing here in Berkeley. Brrrrr…….<br /><br />

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Sacramento Cactus


Winter in Sacramento is a little bit colder than here in the Berkeley. What do they do about it? Why, let’s let the <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1747&amp;entry_id=1550" title="http://www.sacbee.com/107/story/592474.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.sacbee.com/107/story/592474.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Sacramento Bee</a> give us advice.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">The Sacramento County master gardeners recommend moving cacti, succulents and other frost-tender plants to a sheltered location to keep them from freezing. Against the house, under the overhang, on a patio, or against a fence or wall can provide just enough shelter and warmth to keep the plants from being killed during a freeze.</span><br /></div><br />What about Modesto? Is that advice also good for Modesto? We’ll never know for sure.<br /><br />

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Sand in your Soil


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Minnesota Cactus


Things to do in <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1746&amp;entry_id=1549" title="http://www.shakopeenews.com/node/4491" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.shakopeenews.com/node/4491′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Shakopee Valley</a> in the winter.<br /><br />1. Visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">“Desert Exploration,” a free weekend family activity, is offered from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in January in the Marion Andrus Learning Center. Depart winter for a desert adventure in the greenhouse and discover the amazing adaptations of desert plants. Zoom in with Scope-on-a Rope and see the spikes, spines, and inside of a cactus up close, invent your own survival adaptation while you <span style="font-weight: bold;">munch on an edible cactus</span> and pot up your own succulent to keep on your windowsill all winter long.</span><br /></div><br />I’m cold just thinking about it.<br /><br />

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Finding Cactus Link of the Day


<a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1743&amp;entry_id=1546" title="http://happiegrrrlclimbing.blogspot.com/2007/12/south-side-of-joshua-tree.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://happiegrrrlclimbing.blogspot.com/2007/12/south-side-of-joshua-tree.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;"> Happiegrrrl Climbing</a> wanders into new parts of Joshua Tree National Park and stumbles upon a Cholla forest. I hope she didn’t actually stumble.<br /><br />Nice photos of national park protected cholla, plus barrel cacti and ocotillo too.<br /><br />

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How to ID Cactus


<a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1742&amp;entry_id=1545" title="http://www.newestblogarticles.com/home/indoor-plants/cactus-identification.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.newestblogarticles.com/home/indoor-plants/cactus-identification.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Indoor Plants blog</a> tells you how to ID cactus.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Spines are (a) feature that most cacti have which can help in proper cactus identification. Do not mistake these spines for thorns because these are not the same.</span><br /></div><br />Now that you know, go check out some of those plants you have and see if they’re cacti. I’ll wait here.<br /><br />

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Cactus Cops


They need them in Phoenix. <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1740&amp;entry_id=1544" title="http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/articles/1221fri2-21.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/articles/1221fri2-21.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">The newspaper</a> tells you what they do.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;">Two people with a truck can uproot a saguaro in 20 minutes and sell it for $55 to $75 a foot to a homeowner who thinks planting a cactus shows a love of the desert. These criminals enrich themselves at the expense of our natural environment.<br />
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<i>There ought to be a law.</i><br />
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There is. Poaching a protected native plant is a misdemeanor that can carry a fine of up to $1,500. But so many people disregarded native-plant protections that back in the 1980s, the state Department of Agriculture hired seven law-enforcement officers and trained them to track down cactus thieves and monitor sales in nurseries and other places.<br />
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<i>Those are the cactus cops?</i><br />
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Right. And they caught 90 to 100 cactus thieves per year for a while.<br />
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<i>That’s great!</i><br />
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Sure, but it is yesterday’s news. Today, there are only two cactus cops in the state, and they managed to nail only about 20 cactus thieves in 2006.<br /></div><br />Now you know. Are you interested?<br /><br />

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We Get Questions


Q: Hi,

Our cactus of 12 years is dying, I dont know the type of cactus so I have taken some pictures of it so you can help. I wanted to see if I could get your opinion before i started cutting it up it has grown to over 5′ and we would hate to cut it up if we dont have to.

All the best

David

A: David,

From your photos, it looks like your Euphorbia trigona it has a very bad sunburn. Did it recently get moved or turned so it faces a new direction? That is the usual cause of skin bleaching. If not then it most likely has a bad fungus infection and you can try curing it by spraying with a 1% Neem Oil solution. However the scar tissue will remain and will eventually turn to “bark”.

Sorry I can’t give you better news.

Hap

 

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Happy New Year 2008 Edition


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News Update


It’s going to be a slow news day. From the <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1741&amp;entry_id=1541" title="http://www.star-telegram.com/448/story/377609.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.star-telegram.com/448/story/377609.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Dallas Star-Telegram</a>:<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Man uses tractor to crush cactus</span><br />
By FRED AFFLERBACH<br />
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TEMPLE, Texas — The prickly pear cactus has been a thorn in the cattleman’s side since the Mexican vaqueros began pushing their stock across the Rio Grande well over two centuries ago.<br />
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This invasive species chokes out native grasses with its aggressive root system that spreads horizontally, sending up new shoots. It sucks up rainwater before the moisture can soak in, or run off and fill reservoirs needed for watering stock….<br />
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Ranchers have sprayed it with chemicals, scraped it with bulldozers, and in times of drought used it for cattle feed by burning the spines with propane torches.<br />
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Fast forward to the 21st century and meet the Kactus Krusher, aka Dave Gross, riding a red 1954 Farmall tractor pulling an odd-looking train of cutting and crushing implements pulverizing the cacti into green mush….<br />
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&quot;It’s not like traditional methods where you lose a lot of top soil,&quot; Ringler said. &quot;He cuts them out at the roots and smushes them so they dry out.&quot;</span></div><br /><br />

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Christmas in Florida


A strange article about what they used to do to celebrate christmas in Florida, from the <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1739&amp;entry_id=1543" title="http://www.tbnweekly.com/content_articles/122107_fpg-04.txt" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.tbnweekly.com/content_articles/122107_fpg-04.txt’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Tampa Bay Beacon</a>.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Christmases past in Florida<br />
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The beauty of a Florida sandman is the sun won’t melt it. The only danger is high tide.<br />
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Cactus-fruit pies, jousting competitions, contraband bottles of whisky washing ashore have made for some memorable Christmases past in Florida.</span><br /></div><br />I don’t know what they’re talking about. This is quite the mystery. Are any of my readers long-time Florida residents who know what this means?<br /><br />I didn’t think so.<br /><br />

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Cowboy Advice


<a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1737&amp;entry_id=1540" title="http://www.orangepower.com/showthread.php?t=46362" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.orangepower.com/showthread.php?t=46362′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Oklahoma State</a> is going to the Insight Bowl (it’s a football thing) in Phoenix and some local fans are making tourist recommendations.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Oklahoma State football fans heading for the Insight Bowl in Arizona are in for some real treats and the lucky ones will plan on spending extra time in the area….<br />
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No. 1 on my do-not-miss list is the Desert Botanical Garden with 50 acres of trails. From towering cardon and saguaro cactus to rotund barrel cactus, the walks are lined with more than 50,000 specimens of cacti, succulents and desert wildflowers.<br />
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Birders flock here, too, to see cactus wrens.</span><br /></div><br />OK.<br /><br />

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Cactus Leaves


It’s science day at cactus blog, and so we bring you <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1736&amp;entry_id=1539" title="http://science.letusfindout.com/do-cacti-have-leaves/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://science.letusfindout.com/do-cacti-have-leaves/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">to the world of science</a>!<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Q: Do cacti have leaves?<br /><br />A: In most (cactus) species, except for the sub-family of the Pereskioideae, the leaves are greatly or entirely reduced….<br />
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Cacti are commonly used for fencing material where there is a lack of either natural resources or financial means to construct a permanent fence. This is often seen in arid and warm climates, such as the Masai Mara in Kenya. This is known as a cactus fence.</span><br /></div><br />

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Economics


<a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1750&amp;entry_id=1553" title="http://www.correntewire.com/obama_stump_speech_strategy_of_conciliation_considered_harmful" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.correntewire.com/obama_stump_speech_strategy_of_conciliation_considered_harmful’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Lambert at Corrente explains it all.</a><br /><br /><br /><br />

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Helena Montana


The Helena National Forest has a lovely <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1749&amp;entry_id=1552" title="http://www.fs.fed.us/rl/helena/resources/heritage_resources/lewis_clark.shtml" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.fs.fed.us/rl/helena/resources/heritage_resources/lewis_clark.shtml’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Lewis and Clark Expedition</a> page, and in the frosty winter I thought I’d share a cactus bloom with you.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;"><img width="142" hspace="5" height="212" border="2" align="left" src="/blog/uploads/misc/lc_prickleypear.jpg" />The Three Forks, the headwaters of the Missouri River offered the exhausted travelers a short reprieve. The men hunted, fished and worked skins into leather for clothes and moccasins. The captains took map readings and scouted ahead. For Sacajawea, this was the place where she had been captured and taken to the Mandan village. Recognizing her homeland and assuring them that her people were near, boosted the men’s spirits.<br />
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The expedition did eventually find the Shoshone and obtained horses, thanks in large part to Sacajawea. After several more months of strenuous travel through the mountains and down the Columbia River, in November 1805, they finally reached the Pacific Ocean.</span><br /></div><br />

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Cactus Novelty


Is it art? Novelty? Nuisance? In <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1999&amp;entry_id=1538" title="http://www.sanmarcosrecord.com/local/local_story_361120856.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.sanmarcosrecord.com/local/local_story_361120856.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">San Marcos, TX</a> they’ll be deciding soon.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">A decision on whether a car-turned-cactus planter outside a San Marcos novelty shop is art or a public nuisance will not be made until next year.<br />
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The case… was reset for 2 p.m. on Jan. 10. The car was deemed a “public nuisance” in November by San Marcos Code Enforcement Officers…<br />
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However, local resident Joe Ptak, also a store manager, says the car, in this case an Oldsmobile, is a franchise trademark and a work of art. It was ceremoniously smashed by store patrons during grand opening festivities. Local artists have since covered it with original works and a variety of cactus plants have been put into its gutted interior.</span><br /></div><br />The <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=2000&amp;entry_id=1538" title="http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/12/20/rbz-Planet-K-Car-2.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/12/20/rbz-Planet-K-Car-2.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Austin Statesman</a> has a picture.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;"><img width="400" hspace="5" height="258" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/image_6349624a.jpg" /><br /> Ralph Barrera AMERICAN-STATESMAN<br />
To celebrate its opening in San Marcos, Planet K demolished an Oldsmobile, planted cacti and had it decorated by local artists. Sales associate Erin Wall looks it over.<br /><br /></span></div>I say it’s a novelty nuisance art.<br /><br />

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Brothers


My brother David the professional animator saw my new video from yesterday and has come up with a new set design to improve the future videos. I agree with him. Will my loyal readers build it for me? In the meantime, I’ll be adding more videos using the old set. Maybe I’ll move inside too.<br /><br /><img width="432" hspace="5" border="0" src="/blog/uploads/misc/layout_for_video.jpg" /><br /><br />Thank you, Dave.<br /><br />[Update: <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1744&amp;entry_id=1547" title="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1707611/#producer" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1707611/#producer’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Here’s his IMDB page</a>.]<br /><br />

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Indian Garden


The <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1733&amp;entry_id=1535" title="http://www.livemint.com/2007/12/20001400/Labour-of-love.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.livemint.com/2007/12/20001400/Labour-of-love.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Wall Street Journal’s India edition</a> (I think that’s what it is) has a garden column.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">(I) set off on the coldest day of the season, to Faridabad… looking for a garden that someone had told me about. All the way there… I wondered why I was taking the trouble….<br />
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The garden has one of the best cactus and succulent collections in the NCR, if not in the country. Most were picked up on Jhanb’s visits to Bangkok. He even has the insect-eater plant….<br />
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Little wonder that visitors pour in even on foggy December mornings and settle down to sing bhajans.</span><br /></div><br />I wonder if bread will mold faster if I keep the house at a constant 68 degrees? Maybe I should try refrigeration.<br /><br />

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