Arizona Hiking Gallery
Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
Superior, AZ
February 15, 2015
Gallery contains 63 photos
Gallery last updated: 1/15/2016

I have finally stopped my procrastination and put up this gallery after almost a year. This was another stroll through Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park just west of Superior, AZ in February of 2015. As on my previous visit to the Arboretum, this was a mostly overcast day.

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Fuzzy yellow blooms of Eucalyptus? or Acacia? near the entrance to the Curandero Trail.

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A large mound of Pin cushion cactus (Mammillaria standleyi) showing off scarlet flowers along the Curandero Trail.

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A closer view of Mammillaria standleyi. One of the features of this cactus is the white "wool" below the spines.

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Signs of the Arboretum - "WATCH YOUR STEP". (See next photo.)

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A rock slab stairway on a spur trail off the Curandero Trail. (These are the steps to watch. See previous photo.)

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Tree Beargrass (Nolina matapensis) along the Curandero Trail is native to Mexico. Its spent flower stalks rise skyward like the anntenae of a strange creature. The old leaves turn brown and lay against the trunk giving it a shaggy appearance.

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Desert Marigold (baileya multiradiata).

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Wonderful pattern on leaf of Himalayan Windmill Palm (Trachycarpus fortunei) in the Demonstation Garden.

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Leaf of Himalayan Windmill Palm (Trachycarpus fortunei).

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Himalayan Windmill Palm (Trachycarpus fortunei).

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Crisscross pattern on the trunk of a Bay Palmetto (Sabal yapa) from Cuba.

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Mexican Grass Tree (Dasylirion quadrangulatum) sending up a flower stalk.

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Raised succulent bed in the Demonstration Garden.

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Agave sp.

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Agave sp.

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Agave sp.

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Parry's Agave (Agave parryi var parryi).

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I love the leaf imprints on this silvery colored agave leaf. The leaf imprints develop in the central "bud" when the leaves are pressed tightly together. The imprints may form on both sides of a leaf and will remain on the leaf.

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Signs of the Arboretum - "Perennial Garden". A garden inside the Demonstration Garden.

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A beautiful spot in the Perennial Garden.

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A beautiful spot in the Perennial Garden.

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Aloe sp. bloom.

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Up close pad of Beaver Tail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris var basilaris).

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Beaver Tail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris var basilaris)

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Gorgeous orange yellow bloom of Orange Bulbine (Bulbine frutescens).

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Semi-woody bean pods of Texas Mountain Laurel aka Mescal Bean (Sophora secundiflora).

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Sings of the Arboretum - "TRAIL CLOSED".

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One of my favorite spots at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum is in this corner of the Demonstration Garden with demonstrations beds of cactus, agave, and yuccas.

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I like the patterns of the green palm-like leaf.

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An old rusty turquoise Power Wagon truck at the Drover's Wool Shed.

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Power Wagon with a load of hay.

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Signs of the Arboretum - "The Drover's Wool Shed".

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The Drover's Wool Shed along the Adelaide Track.

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In the Cactus and Succulent Garden this is a Giant Barrel Cactus (Echinocactus platyacanthus). It is said to be the largest species of barrel cactus.

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I love the spines, ribs and light green color of this Giant Barrel Cactus (Echinocactus platyacanthus).

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The Ocahui Agave (Agave ocahui var ocahuii) forms an almost perfectly symmetrical rosette.

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The Main Trail snakes around strange rock formations of Magma Ridge on the east side of Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

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Japanese Quince (Chaenomeles japonica) a member of the rose family

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Japanese Quince (Chaenomeles japonica).

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'Erlicheer' Dafodil (Narcissus 'Erlicheer') a narcissus cultivar.

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Flat-Flowered Aloe (Aloe marlothii), aka Mountain Aloe, is native to South Africa and can grow up to 10 feet tall

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Art in the garden.

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Tiger Aloe (Aloe variegata) just beginning to send up bloom spikes.

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Cape Aloes (Aloe ferox) showing large bright orange-red inflorescences at the base of Magma Ridge on the Main Trail.

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Cape Aloe (Aloe ferox).

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Aloe sp.

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Aloe sp.

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A stone maze. You must follow the path to the center and back out. And no cheating!

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Rock maze at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

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River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) of Australia.

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Garden Memorial - "If you cannot live without me - let me live on in your eyes, your mind, and in your loving acts of kindness..." In loving memory of Wayne Scott Root.

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Signs of the Arboretum - "GUM BARK TRAIL".

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Signs of the Arboretum - Which way? So many places to go!

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Knife-Leaf Acacia (Acacia cultriformis) of Australia with bright yellow blooms in the Taylor Family Legume Garden.

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Knife-Leaf Acacia (Acacia cultriformis) of Australia.

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Knife-Leaf Acacia (Acacia cultriformis) of Australia.

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In the greenhouse.

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Window crank In the greenhouse.

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In the greenhouse.

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In the greenhouse.

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Window crank In the greenhouse shares space with a couple of agaves.

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