6 responses to “Thelocactus bicolor”

  1. Nadia

    so gorgeous

  2. Jessica

    So pretty…ouchy, but beautiful.

    Sorry to read about its rarity, especially since it’s caused by us.


  3. Brynn H Allen

    Your comment on Cactus Thieves reminds me of the Korean plant smugglers who were caught in Trinidad, CA stealing Dudleya succulents. My cousin who lives in Ferndale sent me the news article a couple of months ago. We used to joke about our CSSH group that you had to pat us down after we visited a garden, but these kind of thieves are motivated by greed.

  4. susan

    Similar to what’s happening to Pediocactus nigrispinus in central Washington state. People dig them up and most plants probably don’t survive the transplant. Ignorance and greed are maddening. http://web.ewu.edu/ewflora/Cactaceae/Pediocactus%20nigrispinus.html

  5. Gary Nored

    A local cactus thieving ring was recently apprehended and are now in prison. They had stolen over 3000 Ariocarpus fissuratus (Living Rock) cacti which the community is now trying to get re-established in suitable habitat. Though perhaps not as spectacular as Pediocactus nigrispinus (thanks, Susan), visitors are always excited to find one. Unless blooming, they can be difficult to spot. Here’s a photo of the plant in bloom.

  6. Alan Butler

    There is no need to dig plants up. They grow easily from seed and usually seed grown plants look better than ones from habitat!

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