Echinocereus triglochidiatus

Claret Cup or Hedgehog Cactus - Echinocereus triglochidiatus 
New Mexico USA

On a walk in Ready Pay Gulch, east of Hillsboro (on March 7, 2015) we found several other species of cactus, including a nice clump of Claret Cup Cactus, Echinocereus triglochidiatus (see two photos below).  Like many cactus, this species has a plethora of common names, including; Hedgehog, Claret Cup, Mojave Mound Cactus, and Kingcup Cactus.  It is the common mounding cactus in our area and in a few weeks we will be treated to mounds of bright red or orange flowers.

Ready Pay Gulch East of Hillsboro
Immediately above and below on March 7, 2015.

Ready Pay Gulch, East of Hillsboro, NM
Immediately above and below - March 30, 2017.

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