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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Nov 2, 2016 8:26 PM CST
Not long ago I noticed this odd sphere hanging on one of my creosote bushes (Larrea tridentata) in my Arizona desert yard. I'm familiar with a lot of odd things, but this is a first for me. Any ideas? It's actually rather pretty!


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tx_flower_child
Nov 2, 2016 8:35 PM CST
Looks like a Xmas decoration.
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Nov 2, 2016 8:51 PM CST
I agree, but a cool living one!
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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 2, 2016 9:16 PM CST
Probably not, but it sure looks a lot like my Tillandsia ball. This is man-made from little individual plants on a ball of moss, though. I"m pretty sure Tillies don't grow in dry climates.
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If you are curious enough, you might want to pull it apart and see what's inside . . but that might kill it.

You could send the picture to your County Extension office and see if they know what it is.

Elaine

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Name: Daniel Erdy
Catawba SC (Zone 7b)
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ediblelandscapingsc
Nov 2, 2016 9:23 PM CST
Creosote Gall
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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Cactus and Succulents Greenhouse Sempervivums Bromeliad
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plantmanager
Nov 2, 2016 9:39 PM CST
Daniel, you're correct.Thank you! I've seen a lot of galls, but never one like this! Here is some info on it. It's just bizarre that a tiny insect could create something this beautiful!
http://www.whatsthatbug.com/20...
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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Cactus and Succulents Greenhouse Sempervivums Bromeliad
Adeniums Garden Ideas: Level 1 Tropicals Xeriscape Garden Art Plumerias
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plantmanager
Nov 2, 2016 9:40 PM CST
Elaine your tilly ball is beautiful too. I've seen those, and do love them. I'm starting to collect tillies.
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Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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lauriebasler
Nov 3, 2016 1:39 AM CST
What?? How, how long, oh my I am speechless. Amazing, and fascinating! You guys are just too good.

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