When out at La Sal del Rey last week, I just happened to see this thing on a prickly pear cactus pad.
I showed this picture to one of the staff who knows plants, and he had no idea what it was. Chris is very knowledgeable, so when he did not know...I gave up (for a while). To tell you the truth, I thought someone was playing a joke, but it was in an area where nobody would even see it!!! I was scoping out a Bewick's Wren at the time when I came upon it.
A few days later, I noticed this...hum, look familiar?
Look at the center of the bloom. When the petals fall off, and the stamens are gone, the pistil is left. This might not have been a mystery to you, but I had never experienced this before.
When investigating, watch out for the tiny thorns as I encountered a few and am still picking them out of my fingers.
Until next time...