Bright Beauty

Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. Orange Snowball Cactus, 10 April.

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  1. I love flowering cacti and am always amazed when I see photos of the giant ones in the desert regions of the Western part of the US. Your cactus, Liz, seems to be tiny and cute, as the name “minuscula” suggests. The spines on the cactus appear to be more fuzzy than sharp–I am not a bit fan of spines and thorns, especially when I am wandering in the wild.

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    1. The funny thing is that I’m pretty sure the botanical name for this cactus is ‘Rebutia muscula’ which is a great name as well! [The sign in my photo is probably for a neigbouring and related cactus.]


      1. I am easily fooled by signs when I go to botanical gardens. I looked at a website with all kinds of Rebutia cacti and I’m hard pressed to tell the specific differences between many of them. 🙂

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    1. I was delighted by the brightness of the orange! I’m suspicious the sign may relate to another nearby cactus – they’re grouped in families; from looking online this cactus appears to be Rebutia muscula 😀 ~a pretty cool name for a little ‘un! [It appears there’s a small metal label right behind the snowball cactus and that’s probably the correct tag for it.]

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