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Q: Making pictures of Cacti in New Mexico ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Making pictures of Cacti in New Mexico
Category: Science > Earth Sciences
Asked by: shantichristo-ga
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Posted: 29 Jan 2003 18:52 PST
Expires: 28 Feb 2003 18:52 PST
Question ID: 155061
Where can I find a list of Cacti that grows in New Mexico.  Expecially
in North Centeral New Mexico.  The Abiquiu area?
Subject: Re: Making pictures of Cacti in New Mexico
Answered By: byrd-ga on 30 Jan 2003 08:28 PST
Hi Shanticristo,

I was quite surprised to find there is little information available
online about cacti specific to north central New Mexico.  What I found
was that north central New Mexico does not generally fall into the
broad major desert regions of the U.S. where cacti typically grow,
though it does border them. You might check out this link for a
detailed description and illustration of the range of the four major
desert areas of the U.S.

However, the area you're interested in borders both the Great Basin
and Chihuahuan deserts, so it may have cacti indigenous to these
neighboring desert areas. The scientific name for the cactus family is
"cactaceae," so when researching, look for that name in the scientific
description. Also, here's a good page on cacti in general that may
help you in identification:

Along those lines, since cacti do flower, they are usually included in
comprehensive wildflower guides, though you'll have to study the guide
to learn which plants are actually cacti, and which are not.  Here are
links to a couple of wildflower sites for your area:

This one from New Mexico Highland University does include a few cacti:

Desert USA wildflower field guide (w/further links):

Harvard University North American Flora page search result for New

Also, here's a link to a list of rare plants of New Mexico that might
have some useful information for you:
Map of counties:
Rare plant list:

In addition, the Museum of Southwestern Biology at the University of
New Mexicoin Albuquerque maintains an Herbarium with research
collections of New Mexico plants, including over 3,000 species of
cactacaea.  You might consider contacting them to see if they can
provide you a list of cacti indigenous to your area of interest. 
Their website is here: and the
link to the Herbarium info is here:

There are printed materials and books available that have much more
information, and I did find a fairly comprehensive list of
publications, which you could try to find either in your local public
library or bookstore:

You might also try online at: or

Good luck with finding your cacti.  They're immensely interesting
plants. Please let me know if you need any clarification before
rating/closing your question so I can be sure you're satisfied with
your answer.

Best wishes,

Search terms used:

new mexico cacti OR cactus OR cactaceae
new mexico wildflowers
desert regions united states
united states cacti OR cactus OR cactaceae

Request for Answer Clarification by shantichristo-ga on 30 Jan 2003 10:55 PST
Thank you for your help.  Some of the information was available but
much is stuff I missed.  It is a great help and certainly worth the
two bucks.  I will seek to find the names of several rare plants in
that area as well.  You have been most helpful.  It is truly a great
service.  As a retired psychologist interested in plants and flowers,
I know know where I can get help.  Blessings,
Dr. Joseph B. Kennedy, Sr., Pres. & CEO Shanti Christo Foundation

Clarification of Answer by byrd-ga on 30 Jan 2003 11:28 PST
I'm so glad you were pleased, and happy to have been of help.  Thank
you for your kind words.  Since you indicate your satisfaction,
perhaps you might consider giving the answer a favorable rating.  In
any case, I'm very glad to have had the opportunity to be of service
to you.  Best of luck in your endeavors.

Kindest regards,
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