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Opuntia: The Prickly Pear Cactus

The Prickly Pear Cactus is a name that represents about a dozen different species of Opuntia genus plants.  They are native to North American deserts and derive their nickname “prickly pear’ from the flat, fleshy, pads that surround their bodies.  Like most Cacti, Prickly Pears have have large spines growing out of their pads […]

The Agave

The Agave is a form of Cacti grown primarily in  Mexico and the Southwestern United States.  They are rosette plants that live for several to many years before flowering.  Each rosette will flower only once then die.  The English name for these plants is “century plant” die to the mistaken belief that these the […]

Totem Pole Cactus

The Totem Pole Cactus is a naturally occurring mutation.  This is one of the most interesting cacti.  It is a definite show stopper and a terrific addition to any garden or reptile terrarium.  The cactus gets its name from its tall, cylindrical, stalks.  The stalks have a bumpy surface, are thorn-less, and are smooth […]

Hylocereus: The Dragon Fruit

Most people don’t realize that the beautiful, delicious, Dragon Fruit grows on a climbing cactus species called the Hylocereus.  This is an extremely unusual form of cactus.  It is terrestrial, meaning it “climbs”, growing to heights exceeding thirty feet.  Its fleshy stem will climb up and over walls and trees using aerial roots.  The […]

The Aloe Plant

If you’ve ever had a sunburn you probably already know the name Aloe Vera.  What many people don’t realize is that the soothing cream sold at pharmacies around the country has its origins in a very non-assuming plant.  Aloe encompasses a family of plants that range in size from little one inch miniatures to […]

Going Further on Small Flights to the Southwest

Many flights on smaller airplanes in the past meant that someone would probably have to deal with a layover because they were unable to get that far on just a single tank of gas, but interestingly there has been a significant increase in the distance that smaller planes might be able to fly in the past several years. There are now more non-stop flights Southwest that actually use smaller planes because they are more efficient aircraft for the company and cost less to operate. This means that someone departing and arriving at a small airport would likely be able to travel non-stop today.