From the Anza-Borrego park in California, stunning photos of Ferocactus in their habitat

Ferocactus acanthodes

The genus Ferocactus is among the most appreciated and cultivated by cactus enthusiasts. It is the thorny cactus par excellence, with strong and long thorns, often hooked, and with age it can reach considerable size even if cultivated in pots. Let’s see, in this wonderful gallery of photos taken by Ben Grillo, how these plants grow in their natural habitat.

Ferocactus thrive in the southern United States, especially California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Utah, New Mexico. Some species grow in Mexico, especially in the Baja California peninsula. In this second photographic contribution by Ben Grillo, a cactus lover who lives in Oceanside, California, we can observe how Ferocactus acanthodes grows in nature, one of the most interesting and variable species among those belonging to the Ferocactus genus. The photos were taken by Ben in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, a protected area located in Southern California.

For more information on the Anza-Borrego park and Ben Grillo you can read the first photographic contribution at this link.

Ferocactus acanthodes (foto ben Grillo)
Ferocactus acanthodes (photograph Ben Grillo)

As can be seen from the images below, Ferocactus grow in clayey and stony soils, relatively poor, and in full exposure to direct sun, i.e. not sheltered by rocks or other plants. In one shot we can see a dead specimen and in another shot a large specimen collapsed to the ground. In other images, some Ferocactus living in ravines among the rocks.

If you are interested in learning more about the distribution of cacti and succulent plants in nature and knowing from which part of the world this or that plant comes, this post may be useful, with maps of the distribution of succulents in the various continents.

Ben Grillo’s reportage will end with the next post, dedicated to Agaves and other succulents and to splendid views of the Anza-Borrego state park.

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Ferocactus acanthodes (foto ben Grillo)

Ferocactus acanthodes (foto ben Grillo)

Ferocactus acanthodes (foto ben Grillo)

Ferocactus acanthodes (foto ben Grillo)

Ferocactus acanthodes (foto ben Grillo)

Ferocactus acanthodes (foto ben Grillo)

Ferocactus acanthodes (foto ben Grillo)

Ferocactus acanthodes (foto ben Grillo)

Ferocactus acanthodes (foto ben Grillo)

Ferocactus acanthodes (foto ben Grillo)

Ferocactus acanthodes (foto ben Grillo)

Ferocactus acanthodes (foto ben Grillo)

Ferocactus acanthodes (foto ben Grillo)

Ferocactus acanthodes (foto ben Grillo)

Ferocactus acanthodes (foto ben Grillo)

Ferocactus acanthodes (foto ben Grillo)

Ferocactus acanthodes (foto ben Grillo)

Ferocactus acanthodes (foto ben Grillo)

Ferocactus acanthodes (foto ben Grillo)

All photographs courtesy of Ben Grillo

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