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Fish-hook Cactus

Mammillaria grahamii
var. microcarpa   

Photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed at Shaw Butte, Phoenix Maricopa Co., Arizona. June 18, 2002

It seems that these little cacti are really fun to look at and study. Botanists have repeatedly lumped and split then relumped all the slightest variations. Presently microcarpa has no status per the ITIS web site. There are others who disagree vehemently. Per Jepson (Citation: Thu Feb 28 11:59:36 2008): M. microcarpa Engelm. misapplied (invalid name).

Cactaceae -- Cactus Family

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