It Takes All Kinds To Make A World – the Nipple Cactus
While at the Ladybird Johnson’s Wildflower Center near Austin, Texas last weekend I saw this native – and very drought tolerant – prickly cactus.
Turns out the Mammillaria and Coryphantha genus’ are native to southern Texas and Mexico and are a large genus of cactus. Their bodies do not have ribs, but instead have tubercles, which gives it the unique look of a woman’s breast with a nipple.
While taking this photo it occurred to me that there is a very large number of plants that resemble and are named after human body parts. Is it human self-absorption or merely the obvious that leads us to nomenclature?
Personally, I would like to think that Linnaeus had a sense of humor – kinda like mine – he thought the little nipple cactus’s were cute and could not resist having a little fun.
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OK, I'm just going to say it. Nipples, of any kind on anything, are just weird!
I still think that our naming expert had a sense of humor. 🙂