Exhibit Item 100
Ground mat cholla
Illustrator: © 2010 Gigi Wilson
Pen and Ink
Arizona Cactaceae and Intermountain Flora
The first time I saw this specimen I was stunned because of all spines.
This was indeed a challenge to do. It tends to be just a large mass of
spines, but when you get down into it there is so much more.
Dr. Pinkava is the author on this cactus, so I consulted with him many times to get it right. One time I asked him why he loved this cactus so much, and his reply was simply that someone has to. After that conversation I would learn to look at all plants no matter what they are with a new interest, even the lowly weed.