National Geographic : 1925 Sep
Natural Color Photograph byJacob Gayer IN A SOUTHWEST DESERT FLOWER GARDEN The limestone hills near Carlsbad Cavern, New Mexico, are sparsely covered with green pricklypears, sotols, ocotillo orcandlewood, and other species of desert plants. The ocotillos branch at the base into long furrowed, spiny stems. In early summer thetipofeach stem bears a showy cluster of blossoms--the candle's flame (see Color Plates on opposite page). Later the green leaves appear and partly cover the ribbed, spiny poles.