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[Small cactus with a candy-striped, pink and white flower): 12k]

Arizona fishhook cactus

(Mammillaria microcarpa)

[Ring of pink flowers edged with white: 17k]

Likes to grow under the shade of trees, shrubs or large cholla cactus. Two varieties occur in the deserts and one ranges up into the lower mountains.

The nipple-like tubercles that cover the stem give the genus its name from the Latin word mammila for nipple. The flowers are produced at the base of last year's tubercles, in a circle around the stem.

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