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Lloyd’s Mariposa cactus occurs in Chihuahuan Desert shrublands on gravelly or rocky limestone slopes.
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COLOR PALETTE SAMPLED FROM IMAGES OF THE LLOYD'S MARIPOSA CACTUS:
"It takes a trained eye to distinguish Lloyd’s mariposa cacti from the many other small golf ball sized cacti in west Texas, but one of the key characteristics to look for is the high density of spines that almost completely hide the green stem underneath. The spines not only protect the cactus from desperate predators but they also shade the plant from the relentless sunshine of the Chihuahuan desert. (Yes, even plants can have too much sun.) Much of the species’ range is protected in Big Bend National Park, but habitat destruction is an ever-increasing threat."
- Carolyn Whiting, PhD Botanist
- "Lloyd's mariposa cactus..., grows as a single spherical or egg-shaped stem, about 3.5 in (9 cm) tall and 2 in (5 cm) in diameter."
- "Lloyd's mariposa cactus declined in the 1940s when mining for mercury ore destroyed large sections of its habitat. Surviving plants are now widely scattered. Many plants have been destroyed or damaged by heavy livestock grazing in the dry, marginal habitat. Livestock-induced erosion has more recently been worsened by the intrusion of off-road vehicles, used as recreation or to develop mineral claims."
- "The habitat areas near Terlingua and Lajitas, Texas are being developed for resort homes; the populations at Dove Mountain, Reagan Canyon, and Big Canyon are subject to livestock grazing; and the Big Bend National Park population is exposed to camping, hiking, and road maintenance. As a rare show specimen, this cactus is always subject to collection."
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