Definition of Rainbow cactus

1. Noun. A stout cylindrical cactus of the southwest United States and adjacent Mexico.

Generic synonyms: Cactus
Group relationships: Echinocereus, Genus Echinocereus

Lexicographical Neighbors of Rainbow Cactus

rain pitchforks
rain shadow
rain shower
rain stick
rain tree
rain trees
rainbow bridge
rainbow cactus (current term)
rainbow coalition
rainbow fish
rainbow lorikeet
rainbow parties
rainbow perch
rainbow pink
rainbow runner
rainbow runners
rainbow seaperch
rainbow shower
rainbow smelt
rainbow symptom

Literary usage of Rainbow cactus

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Botanist edited by Willard Nelson Clute (1901)
"The "rainbow" cactus, so called on account of the varied and brilliant colorings of its spines, is found in the dry washes of our canons. ..."

2. In & Around the Grand Canyon: The Grand Canyon of the Colorado River in Arizona by George Wharton James (1908)
"... guar-o" Sp. for Water Carrier, (pron. Swar'-o). Fish-hook cactus, small, 3-4 inches high, with hooked spines. rainbow cactus, with bright-colored zones. ..."

3. The Plant World by Plant World Association, Wild Flower Preservation Society (U.S.) (1912)
"A short-spined relative of Echinocereus fendleri inhabits the dykes, in which habitat is also found, as is usually the case, the rainbow cactus, ..."

4. American Gardening (1890)
"... recently christened "rainbow cactus," probably because the rings of bright red, pink and white spines encircle the plant in curious symmetry. ..."

5. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (1916)
"... and the little rainbow cactus were noticed. There is some scattering oak, size of a peach tree, on western and northern slopes, ..."

6. Cactaceœ of Northeastern and Central Mexico Together with a Synopsis of the by William Edwin Safford (1909)
"... from which it has been named " rainbow cactus." It gives me great pleasure to acknowledge here the courtesy extended to me by the Madero family during ..."

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