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Echinocereus bonkerae THORNBER et BONKER

Echinocereus bonkerae THORNBER et BONKER The Fantastic Clan: 71 – 73, 85 (1932) Short Spined Strawberry Cactus (Echinocereus Bonkerae) Southeastern Arizona We are nearing the beautiful Pinal Mountains in southeastern Arizona, nearing also the end of our journey over the broad expanse of the Arizona-California desert. After all it is one desert; California, Arizona – what are mere geographical lines or names in the desert land of plants and flowers, in that vast natural amphitheater of the great Southwest? Here in the long low rays of the afternoon sun we see at a distance the purple haze gathering over the mountain peaks, and we know that our day’s work is nearing completion with the coming of the beautiful sunset hour. And here It is, four thousand feet up in the rocky foothills, that we espy the rare little beauty Echinocereus Bonkerae, named for Frances Bonker, one of the authors of this book. It Is a new Strawberry Cactus, growing In the foothills and low mountain ranges of southeastern Arizona, and was discovered only last year …