Big Bend National Park in Full Bloom (Part 1: Succulents)

In April 2014, we camped in Big Bend National Park after some heavy spring rains.  Those April showers made everything bloom!  On impulse we picked up a field guide, Plants of the Chihuahuan Desert by Jennete Jurado, and went hunting for flowers.  In this post are the blooming succulents that we found (non-succulents next).

 

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Upper left: Langford near the hot spring, Upper right: Santa Elena Canyon, Lower left: Rio Grande at Boquillas, Lower right: Terlingua Abajo

 

Behold! Every blooming cactus we could find!

 

Claret cup cactus Echinocereus coccineus
Claret cup cactus
Echinocereus coccineus

 

Blind prickly pear cactus Opuntia rufida
Blind prickly pear cactus
Opuntia rufida

 

Purple prickly pear cactus Opuntia azurea var. diplopurpurea
Purple prickly pear cactus
Opuntia azurea var. diplopurpurea

 

Strawberry pitaya Echinocereus stramineus
Strawberry pitaya cactus
Echinocereus stramineus

 

Texas rainbow cactus Echinocereus dasyacanthus
Texas rainbow cactus
Echinocereus dasyacanthus

 

Tree cholla Opuntia imbricata
Tree cholla
Opuntia imbricata

 

Sotol Dasylirion leiophyllum
Sotol
Dasylirion leiophyllum

 

Lechuguilla Agave lechuguilla
Lechuguilla
Agave lechuguilla

 

Torrey yucca Yucca torreyi
Torrey yucca
Yucca torreyi

 

For Dana

 

Next: Big Bend National Park in Full Bloom (Part 2: Wildflowers and Shrubs)