Shriveled Mountain Ball Cacti

a photo of a shriveled mountain ball cacti
Mountain ball cacti (Pediocactus simpsonii var. minor) shrivel in winter-time to avoid cell damage.

Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountain National Park

 
a photo of an eaten cactus
This cactus was used as winter forage by elk during the record five to
eight foot snowfall in March 2003, Rocky Mountain National Park.

Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountain National Park

Last updated: March 31, 2012

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Estes Park, CO 80517

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