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A Search For a Queen

Arizona Queen of the Night is very common in our area but extremely difficult to spot. It looks like a stick or dead branch, doesn’t it? Click the link at the beginning of this post to see the amazing flowers this unassuming cactus produces! I’ve been wanting to find one on the future Marcus Landslide trail so Chris and I went out on there yesterday morning with a goal of locating one. Two and a half hours of searching and success! (NOTE: finding one in the open is not typical. They prefer the support of a shrub like a Creosote but a 1995 fire destroyed almost everything). Anyway….I was excited but also disappointed because it wasn’t easily accessible (at least until the trail is done). It’s OK, though, because where there’s one, there are more so the search goes on. I welcome the challenge 🙂

  1. Chris #

    I wondered what you would title this one. I was thinking “Needle in a Haystack”. It was a fun treasure hunt.

    March 8, 2011
  2. I can see why you are so excited about a seemingly dead branch. What a beautiful flower!

    March 8, 2011
    • I’ve only seen one blooming in a botanical garden so I’m hoping this will be the year I see one in nature!

      March 8, 2011

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