Warnock Center/Desert Plants
David Long talks talks to us about the founder of the Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center and the plants of the desert
The rare and endangered Hinckley Oak - it is found in the Solitario
False-button cactus - How big is it? see next slide
That's right, smaller than a penny!
This is a real button cactus. The red pods are not flowers, but the fruit that forms when the flower drops off.
This is the other button cactus found in the park - notice the fruit is much smaller and needles much denser at the crown.
The horse crippler cactus
The strawberry cactus, one of the most common cacti in the park
This cactus is growing out of bare rock
Columbine, found in the wetter canyons of the park.
An ocotillo flower which only occurs after rain falls
A bluebonnet covered desert. Spring flower season occurs in February and March following the wetter years.
Perhaps the largest tree located on the park is the "Rio Grande Cottonwood" with a trunk almost 8 feet in diameter. It stands approximately 100 feet tall and has a crown of 75 feet.
A view up the main trunk
For scale, note the person standing near the base of tree