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Ocotillo 1

Ocotillo 1

the living desert - a theme park with no plastic

March 27, 2009

These are amazing plants. I thought on first seeing them that they looked a great deal like the euphorbia crown of thorns i've had since the 70s, thorny. but as it turns out, they are of course a desert plant, and their blooms are remarkable and a wonderful scarlet.

the trunk of the plant looks like a cross between a beeswax candle and a faded arbutus tree, kind of. the trunk is smooth to the touch.

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