Wednesday, December 7, 2022


No kidding: Cactus grows out of tree branch!


By Chuck Woodbury
Have you ever seen anything like this — a cactus growing right out of a tree branch?

In this case, the cactus is growing about 15 feet up on a Mesquite tree along Johnson Creek near Ingram, Texas, in the Hill Country. It’s growing down toward the ground, not up like you might expect.

I have never seen anything like this in all my years of exploring the deserts of the Southwest. Have you?

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Juan Gil
1 year ago

Look what I found on our walk in San Antonio. How do I attach my picture of Cactus in a tree standing up.

4 years ago

I am not a botanist, but here in Florida, “oddball” stuff like that happens. I did ask a “plant guy” about it once and his explanation was this: “Birds eat flowers, plants, roots, & seeds, they then fly and poop said materials in odd places (like the crook of a tree, or a dead stump) then the seed takes root (after germinating in the bird, warm & dark) and starts to grow in that odd ball place.” Kind of like grass in a gutter of a house.

Maybe that is true, maybe not, sorry to pull back the curtain on the magic and expose the guy with the levers.

THE GREAT & POWERFUL OZ! (said in a loud deep voice)

Denny wagaman
4 years ago

The Reader that is unhappy… head in the clouds maybe or if it doesn’t happen to him then he doesn’t have to be concerned about other unfortunate r.v’ers who just have the ability to buy maybe two RV’s Around retirement age. Hum …and I thought my 4 MH were two too many. You know the first two or three editorials that I read from you I thought you were just a little negative. But taking on these two -three important issues needs to be done. I have confidence that you can make a difference. That’s why I increased my annual subscription $$’s by 6 Times. It’s abomindable that these MFG’s get away with practically no quality control.

Trying to replace my clothes washer with working with 3 C.W. stores. One wanted $343 for Labor and another store just quoted me $137. But they want 3-4 hours to do the work. And of course I can’t stay with MY MH. While they are doing the work, Dog, cat wife, valuables have to be removed . Oh and they want $40.for shop material. I have the new hoses, they don’t have to provide anything except remove and replace. When I nicely objected she talked to her boss and he said no problem no charge. But I just don’t trust them. They wanted more for the washer. When I told them I had a written bid for $300 less I was told send it and we will do it for the same cost. All three just gave me a total price and when I asked them to itemize the cost they didn’t add up to the total they gave. Oh sorry about that two said.


Glenda Alexander
4 years ago

I saw a prickly pear growing in the crotch of a dead tree on the Willow City Loop, near Fredericksburg, TX

Dr. Ron Cravey
4 years ago

Lived in Texas all my life and have seen many cactus growing out of trees and rocks. Prickly pear only needs a little soil in the crotch of a tree and it can start growing.

Mike Logan
4 years ago

In Feb. 2006 we were in Brownsville, TX when I came across a cactus growing out of the rain gutter and took photos. strange to see this. Will send photo to you later.

Smyrna, TN

4 years ago

Concerning “Reader unhappy with my negative reporting: Unsubscibes,” I have a thought to turn the negative into a positive. How about reporting the negative such as satellite dishes flying off RV’s due to improper installation, followed by information about what an RV owner should do to to cope with the issue temporarily and permanently should they be a victim of this recall.This way, RV Travel reports the news and provides a service to fellow RVer’s which will serve to highlight the shortcomings of the industry and helping owners to cope with the problem.
We all know this stuff happens and we must be willing to put up with it to follow the RV lifestyle that we love…a little help would surely be appreciated by all. Just sayin’…

4 years ago

common in the sonoran desert, southern arizona

4 years ago

It’s not uncommon to see Prickly Pears growing like that out of the rain gutters of mobile home awnings here in the Phoenix, AZ area.

Mike & Louise Bacque
4 years ago

Another fascinating symbiotic relationship in nature. Thanks for sharing.

Pam Shoemaker
4 years ago

I have seen this cactus! Johnson Creek RV Resort is a hidden paradise. My husband and I were fortunate to work camp there spring/summer of 2017. The owners are very special to us. Best park in the Hill Country!

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