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Springtime in the Southwest by CherishedMemories Springtime in the Southwest by CherishedMemories
I am always thrilled by the colorful cacti flowers of the Sonoran desert.

The Sonoran Desert is a North American desert which covers large parts of the Southwestern United States in Arizona and California, and Northwest Mexico in Sonora, Baja California, and Baja California Sur. It is one of the largest and hottest deserts in North America.

Many plants not only survive, but thrive in the harsh conditions of the Sonoran Desert. Many have evolved to have specialized adaptations to the desert climate. The Sonoran Desert's biseasonal rainfall pattern results in more plant species than in the other North America deserts.[7] The Sonoran Desert includes plant genera and species from the agave family, palm family, cactus family, legume family, and numerous others.
Sonoran Desert near Tucson, Arizona, in winter (December)

The Sonoran is the only place in the world where the famous Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) grows in the wild.[8] Cholla (Cylindropuntia spp.), beavertail (Opuntia basilaris), hedgehog (Echinocereus spp.), fishhook (Ferocactus wislizeni), prickly pear (Opuntia spp.), night blooming cereus (Peniocereus spp.), and organ pipe (Stenocereus thurberi) are other species of cacti found here. Cactus provides food and homes to many desert mammals and birds, with showy flowers in reds, pinks, yellows, and whites - blooming most commonly from late March through June, depending on the species and seasonal temperatures.

Creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) and Bur sage (Ambrosia dumosa) dominate valley floors. Indigo bush (Psorothamnus fremontii) and Mormon tea are other shrubs that may be found. Wildflowers of the Sonoran Desert include Desert sand verbena (Abronia villosa), Desert sunflower {(Geraea canescens), and evening primroses.

Ascending from the valley up bajadas, various subtrees such as Velvet mesquite (Prosopis velutina), Palo verde (Parkinsonia florida), Desert Ironwood (Olneya tesota), Desert willow (Chilopsis linearis ssp. arcuata), and Crucifixion thorn (Canotia holacantha) are common, as well as multi-stemmed Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens). Shrubs found at higher elevations include Whitethorn acacia (Acacia constricta), fairy duster, and Jojoba. In the desert subdivisions found on Baja California, cardon cactus, elephant tree, and boojum tree occur.[9]

The California Fan Palm (Washingtonia filifera) is found in the Colorado Desert section of the Sonoran Desert, the only native palm in California, among many other introduced Arecaceae genera and species. It is found at spring fed oases, such as in Anza Borrego Desert State Park and Joshua Tree National Park.
Source: Wikipedia-Sonoran Desert


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Rabbit0808 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful picture :clap:
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CherishedMemories Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Thank you. :)
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Rabbit0808 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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Loveit Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
always STUNNING!
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Gild-a-Lily Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, very striking :wow:
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EveLivesey Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
Beautiful cacti!
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HippieVan57 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
great work!
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bluesse Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
great!!!! well done and original, thank you!!!!
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vikingjon Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's beautiful Cheri! I agree, it's a lovely time, when the desert really shines. :nod:
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