Thursday, October 9, 2008

Mushroom or Cactus?

Espostoa melanostele

This hairy cactus has developed a strange shape that makes it look somewhat like a mushroom. It is growing under the canopy of a Mesquite tree, and I think it may have etiolated because of the shade. However, it has plenty of 'hair', which usually thickens to protect the cactus from strong sunlight.

9 comments:

jocelyn said...

Looks dangerously like cotton candy, to me!!

Julie said...

From afar I thought it was a nice big vanilla ice cream cone! It sure is a hairy white thing...kinda scary looking too, for Halloween! LOL :)

Yolanda Elizabet said...

I like hairy cacti, they look so cute. Yours does indeed look like a big mushroom, a hairy mushroom. ;-)

Have a lovely weekend!

Ashraf shreif said...

i like this cactus OLD MAN is named ..
new name cacti mushroom
i think is grow im low ligth after growing is strong ligth

WiseAcre said...

It looks like a Q-tip from hell to me. Imagine getting that stuck in your ear.

Aiyana said...

LOL! You guys are funny!

Ginni Dee said...

Before I scrolled down to see the entire thing, I thought it was a shaggy dog!! Very interesting!!

Dee said...

He could use a trip to the hairdresser! what a great picture!

kate smudges said...

It looks soft and cuddly until one sees those spines below. Is this like an Old Man's Cactus?