Mammillaria heyderi
Mammillaria heyderiMammillaria heyderi - hard to find in habitat
The photograph on the left shows Mammillaria heyderi (gummifera) in full bloom after a wet spring. Despite that it is still very flat to the surface of the ground and as can be seen from the picture on the right it is not easy to spot from a distance. During the dry seasons, and without flowers, it would be even harder to find. Although experience shows likely places to search, and after a while you do "get your eye in" and can suddenly easily see plants that seemed invisible before, the less obvious species do require research, patience and an element of luck on the part of the searcher.

Photographs by : John Ellis

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