8 responses to “Opuntia aurea”

  1. Anna

    Good to see you back! I can personally vouch for the abundance of this species in Zion National Park, as they seemed to be everywhere we ventured during our visits to this park. The springtime flora there is amazing. (The rocks aren’t bad either.) When are we going to see your Chilean photo album?

  2. Knox M. Henry

    A really striking photograph!

  3. Cliff Thorbes

    Wow, what a beautiful combination of a flower and cactus. And yes I can clearly see the difference. Thank you

  4. Wendy Burke

    I live in Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada and I don’t think I could grow such a lovely
    cactus. I don’t think even in my south east corner of my dining area, maybe!? What a beautiful
    plant. Wendy Burke, Campbell River, B.C.

  5. Wendy Cutler

    I’m unable to control myself here from commenting on the botany, just how it works in general, where yellow petals are not a distinguishing or even necessary feature of a plant named Opuntia aurea, but the tiny green stigmatic lobes are a distinguishing feature. I shouldn’t complain – there are a lot more subtle features used to distinguish one plant from another.

    Commenter Anna: you knew to look for those little green things?

    That’s a pretty exciting photo.

  6. Gabrielle

    The name “Beavertail Cactus” makes me think this beautiful little plant was named by someone from a land of rivers and streams and not by a desert-dweller. What a wonderful picture…So happy to see BPotD in the inbox this morning, thank you !

  7. Anna

    I certainly didn’t! But there were several different kinds (& colours) of blooming Opuntia along our hiking trails. Hiking goes rather slowly when you have a tendency to photograph everything that’s in bloom. Here’s a photo of one of the many Opuntia we saw… I think it’s Opuntia aurea

  8. Cindy

    We enjoyed seeing a plethora of these beauties in Utah’s Canyonlands last week. Seems they had lots of rain this year. A real pleasure to revisit them in your post. Thank you

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