Rolling Around In Beaucarnea Flowers

Parodia leninghausii, Lemon Ball Cactus.

On this visit, most everything in bloom at the Huntington Desert Garden seemed to be yellow.  
Opuntia microdasys
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Alluaudia flowers.  I've never seen them close up before.  Usually the ones in bloom are 20' tall.  
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This Agave wasn't in bloom, but don't the yellow-edged swoops of  foliage make you ooh and ahh? 
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Pseudobombax ellipticum has pleated green ribbons of tissue on its swollen trunk.
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The flowers are almost yellow--maybe they're ivory.  
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Commonly known as "the shaving-brush tree".  Surely it will need a new common name in coming decades.  By then, who will know what a shaving brush is?
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Euphorbia resinifera
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The San Marcos website says the name Euphorbia 
"was noted by Pliny the Elder as being a reference to Euphorbus, the physician of King Juba II of Numidia."
E. resinifera is from the slopes of the Atlas mountains in Morocco.
I did always wonder where the name Euphorbia originated.  
Cyphostemna juttae.  This fine specimen is over six feet tall (2 m).  
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Follow the paths...
 photo HuntDG7898_zps28ff3b35.jpg they turn through the monsterous and monstrose bubbles of green...
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Whoa!  What is that all over the ground?!?  Did a vegan spill his couscous?
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Are those bees...rolling in pollen and flowers?!?  Yes they are.
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What flowers?
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Big yellow flowers.
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Reaching for sky, beckoning bees. 
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Beaucarnea flowers, making everyone smile.  
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  1. Amazing! How large are those Beaucarnea blooms? I can't get a sense of scale.

    I wish Opuntia microdasys was cold-hardy, as I really love the look. Sigh.

    1. About 5-6'. And I yearn for Hostas...

  2. I think I need to pay the Huntington's cactus and succulent garden a visit - it's looking great in your photos! The blanket created by those beaucarnea flowers is amazing - it's probably the bee's vision of heaven.

    1. There's always something to see. The big winter Aloe bloom is probably the highlight, but there's something blooming year round. Either bee heaven, or best bee brunch ever.

  3. The Huntington always makes me swoon.

  4. Some amazing and beautiful plants dear Hoover, I love the touches of yellow throughout the garden and always enjoy the interesting information you share with us,
    Those bees look like they are in pollen heaven.
    xoxoxo ♡


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