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Yellow devil's claws bloom during the scorching heat of July & August, long after most other desert wildflowers have
bloomed and gone to seed. Few photographers venture into these sun-baked riverbeds during this time of the year.
  Another Seldom-Seen Wildflower That Blooms During Summer & Fall
    Mammillaria tetrancistra  

Yellow Devil's Claw (Proboscidea althaeifolia)

A native perennial in the Colorado Desert of the southwestern United States & Baja California.
It occurs sparingly in southeastern Anza-Borrego Desert State Park of San Diego County.

Kodachrome 35 mm Transparency by W.P. Armstrong, circa July 1972
35 mm Camera:  Nikon FM-2 with 55 mm Micro-Nikkor Macro Lens

Digital Image by W.P. Armstrong, 4 August 2010
Sony T-10 Using Macro Setting & Built-In Flash

Digital Image by W.P. Armstrong, 4 August 2010
Nikon D-40x with 60mm Micro Nikkor Macro Lens & SB 400 Flash

Pink Devil's Claw (Proboscidea lousianica ssp. louisianica)

A native annual of the eastern United States. It is naturalized in coastal
and inland valleys of California, including northern San Diego County.

Digital Image by W.P. Armstrong, 26 July 2010
Nikon D-90 with 60mm Micro Nikkor AF-S F/2.8G ED Macro Lens & Phoenix Ring Flash

Pink Devil's Claw (Proboscidea parviflora ssp. parviflora) cultivar hohokamiana

A native annual of Arizona cultivated by several tribes of Native Americans for the long-horned seed capsules. It was introduced into several native American habitats in California, including Saline Valley and the Panamint Range of Inyo County. I collected capsules with viable seeds from Hungry Bill's Ranch, a Shoshone who introduced this species in the late 1800s. It is unlikely that my seeds are from original pods introduced by Hungry Bill over a century ago. The plant has apparently bloomed and formed seeds high in the Panamint Range repeatedly during the past century. It was also introduced in Banner Canyon (San Diego County) in a shipment of hay. At the Banner Canyon location I have observed and collected plants in bloom (SD).

  Devil's Claws: Hitchhikers On Big Animals  

Proboscidea parviflora ssp. parviflora grown from seed collected at Hungry Bill's Ranch
Kodachrome 35 mm Transparency by W.P. Armstrong, July 1979

Proboscidea parviflora ssp. parviflora in Banner Canyon (San Diego County)
Kodachrome 35 mm Transparency by W.P. Armstrong, September 1987

Yaqui Mammillaria (Mammillaria tetrancistra)

A native cactus that typically blooms following monsoonal rain showers during late summer and fall.

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