ferocactus with fasciation/ cresting

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warnersf
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ferocactus with fasciation/ cresting

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beautiful ferocactus above Coachella Valley California with great example of fasciation, a type of abnormal growth pattern https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fasciation

I was doing some off trail hiking and spotted it from some distance, the distinctive V shape growth really stands out. I'm guessing it is 4-5 feet tall and about 2-3 feet wide at the crown. It appears healthy and vigorous.
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Very cool!
There are more cacti in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
One of the few cactus lovers in Lebanon (zone 11a) :mrgreen:
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Lucky you!

This is what I usually "run into" while hiking the hills around Salt Lake.
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What an amazing example of a crested cactus, I have a unusual crested Cereus Peruvianus, a crested Austrocylindropuntia vestita and a crested Hilderwinteria (cleistocactus) winterii, but nothing as impressive as that Fero in habitat..
Steve-O that looks really painful hope you're OK, though if it was me I'd be tempted to say it wanted to come home with me as it felt attached to me, hope ur alright though.
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Dave Adams wrote: Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:40 pm What an amazing example of a crested cactus, I have a unusual crested Cereus Peruvianus, a crested Austrocylindropuntia vestita and a crested Hilderwinteria (cleistocactus) winterii, but nothing as impressive as that Fero in habitat..
Steve-O that looks really painful hope you're OK, though if it was me I'd be tempted to say it wanted to come home with me as it felt attached to me, hope ur alright though.
Many Opuntiods do in fact use their hooked spines as a method of asexual reproduction. The spines latch onto animals (including primates) and whole cladodes get dragged several yards or even further then drop off and (hopefully) take root. This happens especially from spring to early summer. So in a way they really are "trying to go home" with you!
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Same with some Mammillarias. Mammillaria Surculosa does for sure (I got caught on mine a few times) probably some of the hooked spines ones too. I've got a few 'nasty' ones are only too willing to get ya if your'e not careful LOL
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So did you re-home the obliging Opuntoid then :lol:
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