Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Just When You Thought Field Trips Were Over
Though the forecast this morning warned of 106 degree temperatures, that dd not deter from a robust museum field trip experience. This included propagating pencil cactus.
Though it was hot, it was pretty cool! And we had a fun learning objective today.
We filled small ceramic pots propagating Cylindropuntia ramosissima, a pencil cholla native to the Sonoran Desert, and Euphorbia tirucalli, or pencil cactus native to India.
Though not endemic to Southern California, the pencil cactus grows as big as a tree and can be found as an ornamental plant in private homes around the Valley. When cut it secrets a milky white sap that is toxic, but it propagates super well from a cutting.
Because it is not native, I refer to it as our No. 2 Pencil Cactus!