Little Nipple Cactus
This unusual flattened, short cactus is more common in its range than one might think, but because it barely grows above the ground level and can be as wide as four inches. Easier to find in the spring and summer, it can be difficult to spot in the winter when it is nearly below ground level and may be partially covered in gravel. The little nipple cactus (as well as all other members of its genus) are much more common in Mexico, but this species can be found in the United States in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Oklahoma. This one was found as it was just about to flower in Big Bend National Park, in the lowlands just north of the Chisos Mountains in Western Texas.
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