Many of my readers believe that Arizona or maybe New Mexico are the Southwestern states with the most abundance of cacti. This is perhaps because of the large land mass covered by the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave Deserts.
It is actually not surprising to discover that Texas has a great number of cacti species as well. More than 150 species have been documented in Texas from dime-sized button cacti to seven-foot tall barrel cacti. A large portion of the Chihuahuan Desert that covers Texas west of the Pecos River and the geographic proximity of Mexico with its vast semi-arid and semi-tropical flora augments these cacti numbers. This number is also showing diversification due to the science now available allowing greater differentiation in plant species.
To get an in-depth look at cacti in Texas, you may want to review our recent book Texas Cacti, published by Texas A&M University Press.
Lace cactus, Echinocereus richenbachii,Nikon D2Xs, 200mm f 4.0 Micro Nikkor, SB-800 flash on Gitzo tripod.
I will add some additional images from the book in later posts.
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