The Fishhook Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus wislizenii) is found in far west Texas, as well as Arizona, New Mexico, and northern Mexico. The lifespan has been recorded at 50 to 130 years. Another name for the plant, candy barrel cactus, hints at one of the uses of this plant. Animals like ground squirrels are quite fond of the tart lemony fruit. And by nabbing a fruit, they disperse the seeds to other areas. (via: Native Plant Society of Texas) (photo: Susan Lynn Petersen)
Arbutus xalapensis (Texas madrone) #3822 - Naked Indian Tree or Texas Madroño, is a species of flowering plant in the heather family that is native to the southwestern United States (western Texas and New Mexico), south through most of Mexico and Central America to Nicaragua. It is found in canyons and mountains, on rocky plains, and in oak woodlands, at altitudes of up to 3,000 m in the south of the range, but lower, down to 600 m, in the in the north of the in the north of the range.