Foxtail Cactus

Common Names:
Foxtail Cactus
Scientific name:
Coryphantha alversonii
Elevation range:
300 - 4,500 ft.
Flowering Months:
April, May, June
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Perennial, Stem succulent
Notes:
Rare
State Occurrences:
California Rare Plant Rank:
4.3--Watch list
Desert region:
Mojave, Sonoran

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Foxtail Cactus in the desert

Coryphantha alversonii is a small cactus that has straight spines with brown or black tips. The flower is a maximum height/width of 1 in. and the color is pink. Live Oak, Joshua Tree National Park | April 2015

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Foxtail Cactus in the desert

Coryphantha alversonii in late winter prior to blooming. Small flower buds are about to emerge from the plant. Live Oak, Joshua Tree National Park | February 2015

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Foxtail Cactus in the desert

Lateral view of Coryphantha alversonii, showing buds and detail of spines. Live Oak, Joshua Tree National Park | April 21, 2015

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Foxtail Cactus in the desert

Coryphantha alversonii cactus in its natural landscape with storm overhead. Joshua Tree National Park | April 2015