Botanical and Cultural Adventures

Botanical and Cultural Adventures

Friday, August 9, 2013

Hechtia species Michoacan Variability

Like nearly all species of Hechtia, this one from the coast of Michoacan has some beautiful variations. Found growing on very harsh, sun-baked limestone formations, it ranges from red to purple/maroon to completely white. And from isolated formation to formation the populations are even distinct. The following pictures are samples from two different populations.  The first one had larger, more robust plants and the second had smaller, more dainty plants with thinner leaves.

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