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Goldenflower Century Plants were blooming in abundance along the Apache Trail, e. Maricopa Co., Arizona on 30 May 2009.
After flowering and as the fruit and seeds develop the base plant begins to yellow and senesce. Most plants have reproduced vegetatively at this point via pups, shoots arising from the underground stems. 24 July 2011 on the western flanks of the Mazatzal Mountains, Maricopa Co., Arizona.
SUCCULENT: The long tapered leaves are stout with spines along the
margins, a stout spine at the leaf tip, and leaves clustered all at ground
level. Before flowering the tips of the leaves can reach almost a
Many of these grand plants play host to a small sucking bug called Caulotops barberi. Their feeding leaves darkening spots where sap from the pin-prick injuries oozes out.
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